FAQs for Genetics 210: Personalized Medicine and Genomics


  1. Do I have to get genotyped?

    Genotyping is optional and confidential. You can do all of the exercises from the class with public genotype files. No one will know whether or not you are genotyped unless you tell them. The results of your genotype will remain confidential unless you reveal them.

  2. What companies are available?

    Currently, we use 23andme.

  3. What are the requirements for genotyping?

    You must complete the informed consent session in the Winter in order to be eligible for the Stanford genotyping subsidy.

  4. How much do I have to pay?

    The kits are free. In addition, Stanford will cover the cost of genetic counseling if you choose it.
  5. What if I already have my genotype, or I am willing to pay the full price for genotyping?

    You may take the course in the Spring. You do not need to participate in the informed consent sessions in the Winter, although these are highly recommended.

  6. Who can I talk to in private about things I learned from my genotype?

    You can talk to a genetic counselor (contact 23andMe) or to a psychiatrist from the Psychiatry Dept (contact Alan Schatzberg afschatz@stanford.edu) for free.

  7. What is the timeline for genotyping?

    Subsidized genotyping is available following the completion of the consent sessions. You can expect to receive your results about six weeks later, before spring quarter begins. The first class is March 31, 2015.

Course Requirements and Logistics

  1. What if I miss one of the informed consent classes?

    We will videotape the lectures and make them available on the website.

  2. What do I need to know?

    Genetics 202 or 203 or permission from Stuart Kim are required. You need to know basic genetics.

  3. When will the class meet?

    The Spring class times are Tue./Thur. from 2:15-4:05 pm in LKSC 102.

  4. How will I be graded?

    See the grading standards.

  5. What types of students should take this course?

    • MD students that want to understand the basic concepts of personalized medicine.
    • PhD students interested in human genetics.
    • Any student interested in exploring how his or her own genotype affects traits and disease risks.

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