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Science and Health clubs learn about genetic testing

Science and Health clubs learn about genetic testing

November 27, 2023

The Science Club and the Health and Nutrition Club at UA-PTC had a joint launch Nov. 14.

Students heard a guest speaker, Quinn Hurshman, of Invitae labs, speak about the science of genetic testing, particularly in cancer, and careers in genetic counseling. Genetic counseling is a growing field of clinical practice in which counselors assist in developing appropriate genetic testing, and interpreting the results. The field requires a master's degree in genetic counseling, and UAMS has a program locally. Many of the prerequisite courses are available right here at UA-PTC.

Advisors for the Health and Nutrition Club are Jamie Ryan and Shannon Wilcox.

Dr. Moluwa Matute and Dr. George Lauster are advisors for the Science Club.

For more information about the clubs, visit or

Pictured: Amir Houston (Vice President, Science Club), Romone Gantt (President, Science Club), Quinn Hurshman (guest speaker), Kishawn Stanley (President, Health & Wellness Club), and students, Kaitlyn Gardiner, Veronica Rails, and Kristina Poe.

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