When DNA Talks, Should You Listen?

Sep 23, 2013

Monica Myles is photographed in Mitchellville, Md., home in August 2003. She holds a certificate from African Ancestry Inc. showing which tribe and country her ancestors came from over 500 years ago. With a mere swab of Myles' cheek and a few hundred dollars payment, the company was able to tell that she was descended, in part, from the Ibo tribe in Nigeria.
Credit AP/Leslie E. Kossoff

Mon 9/23/13 at Noon & 7PM:  An inexpensive home DNA test can give you a complete profile of your health risks and ancestry. But do you really want to know what your genetics say about you? On the next Vermont Edition, we look at the ethical and practical considerations of commercial DNA testing, which reveals both ancestry and health profiles.

Our guest is John Burke, professor of molecular genetics at the University of Vermont.  Burke had his own DNA tested using a direct-to-consumer home test kit, and his students are using his genetic data to learn DNA analysis.

Also in the program, the music of Eliza Moore.  The Montreal-based singer-songwriter grew up to sounds of her mother singing scales and her father playing the cello in their home in North Montpelier.

And, we being a three-part series about Route 66. That's Vermont Route 66, a 10-mile road through scenic county from Randolph to East Randolph. VPR's Ric Cengeri is our tour guide.