Working in the Indiana State Department of Health Genomics department has given me a renewed interest in genetics and genomics. As the senior developer and team lead in the department I need to have a good understanding of the industry, even thought I’m not doing the splicing and sequencing myself! To clear things up for the layperson, “genetics” is the study of a genes individually and “genomics” is the study of genes all together (in a genome). What’s the imact? Simply put, my work allows simple genetic tests to save the lives of children born in Indiana every day. The genetic testing we do for newborn screening is very interesting, and I am enjoying keeping up on the latest development in the industry. Part of me is wondering where I would be today if I had not switched my college major from Biology to Informatics and Computer Science…

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