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What Does Madonna Know About Her Genes That You Don’t? Genomics and Its Impact on Families of Wealth

When Madonna performs, she reportedly engages a sterilization team to sweep, mop and wipe every surface of her dressing room, so that no trace of her DNA is left for surreptitious analysis, cloning or experimentation. Hacking portends the specter of a black market which will trade in valuable genetic information about prominent individuals and families. Is Madonna paranoid? Or smart? You decide...

This article was written for Horizons: Family Office & Investor Magazine, published by Opalesque, March 20, 2020.

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Genes: On the Agenda for Cutting Edge Families

This is not an article about genomics or DNA science. This is an article about families – what they need to flourish and thrive. Over the next decade, families, entrepreneurs and family enterprises around the world will gain increasing access to the cutting-edge science of genomics to make informed decisions around health, risk and legacy. However, many of these choices will be complex and unprecedented, rife with ethical ambiguity.

This article was written for, and published by, Tharawat Magazine on March 3, 2020.

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Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing: Not So Little White Lies

"Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are rife with over-promise, hype and potential to harm. Whole genome sequencing offers a safer, superior alternative technology to understand our genes. Genomics bodes an extraordinary future with elimination of malignant disease, enhanced health and well-being, and healthy longevity, but it is not without risks and challenges. There is wonder in our genes. Let us get to know them with the respect they, and we, deserve."

*This article was written for, and published by, THE AGEIST on February 3, 2020.**

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DNA Testing and Families Of Wealth

Dr. Stangler is cited in the following article, "DNA Testing and Families Of Wealth", written by Francois Botha, published in Forbes on 1.31.20. She focuses on inherent medical inaccuracies in direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and their egregious privacy violations, of special concern to families of wealth. Nonetheless, understanding one's genes holds great value. Whole genome sequencing is offered as an infinitely superior alternative, a highly regulated medical service with legal standards ensuring accuracy, safety and far better privacy. Ultimately, sequencing is but only the first step in a what will be an extraordinary lifelong genetics journey.

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