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Policy Memo: Genetic Privacy Consumer Protections

Policy Memo: Genetic Privacy Consumer Protections

In April 2020, two teams of ProSPER members participated in the National Science Policy Network‘s policy memo competition. This is the memo by Hannah Frye, Emilee Kotnik, and Rachel Rahn; the memo by Ananya Benegal, Kevin Blake, and Lauren Koenig can be found here. Executive summary Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have become increasingly popular in […]
The Search for Mental Health Biomarkers

The Search for Mental Health Biomarkers

A patient coming into the emergency room with chest pain and nausea could be suffering from a myriad of conditions—something as minor as indigestion or as severe as a heart attack. It is important to quickly diagnose them, but thankfully there is a blood test that that can tell if the patient is having a […]
Guide to Voting and Poll-Working in 2020

Guide to Voting and Poll-Working in 2020

It’s that time of year again and voter registration deadlines are coming up fast! We have compiled a list of resources and guides for voting in-person, absentee, and mail-in voting in Missouri and Illinois. If you are registered in another state, we also provide links to non-partisan resources for all states. This election is expected […]