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Work with Marty Nemko, 3/1/18: What's It Really Like to be a Genetic Counselor?

Scientists are discovering that ever more of who we are has genetic roots: from autism to addiction to Alzheimer’s, depression to sexual orientation to political orientation. People, especially prospective parents now have more information to help them to decide, for example, whether someone with a gene predisposing to breast cancer should get a prophylactic mastectomy, or someone with a severe mental illness should have children.  A genetic counselor helps them sort through the odds and options. On the Mar. 1, 2018 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kim Barr, genetic counselor at Kaiser Permanente.

In the program's 2nd segment, listeners call in for a Workover. Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I can usually help.

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Marty Nemko was called "job coach extraordinaire" by U.S. News and "The Bay Area's best career coach" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written 20 essays in TIME's Ideas section, and 1240 for PsychologyToday.com. Previously, his career column appeared for six years in the San Francisco Chronicle and then wrote The Big Idea continuing series on WashingtonPost.com and the Working it Out column on TheAtlantic.com. In his 30th year as a career and education advisor, Marty Nemko has served 5,400 clients and enjoys a 96% client-satisfaction rate. He is a part-time instructor of medical students at the UCSF School of Medicine.