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Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.
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What is your knowledge regarding the connection between maternal age and genetic abnormalities?
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1.
What is your knowledge regarding the connection between maternal age and genetic abnormalities?
There is much speculation as to the causes of genetic abnormalities and maternal age is one thing that seems to be a link in some cases. Do you have any knowledge/experience with information to support this?

Darby's Answer #1
"Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. Some researchers believe that errors can crop up in the eggs' genetic material as they age which leads to genetic abnormalities in babies born to older mothers."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have read and done some studies on genetic abnormalities with relation to parental age. Because men produce new sperm throughout their lives, paternal age does not increase risk of chromosome abnormalities. Older women, however, are considered to be at higher risk of giving birth to babies with chromosome abnormalities than younger women. This is thought to be so because women are born with all the eggs they will have for their lifetime and, as those eggs age, the genetic material within the eggs is thought to change."
2.
Are you familiar with Jacobsen syndrome?
Genome research is one of the most in depth areas of medical research. There are a variety of different chromosomal abnormalities/syndromes and Jacobsen syndrome is one of the more rare. If you have any knowledge regarding this syndrome, share it with the interviewer.

Darby's Answer #1
"I am familiar with the disorder, but have never directly cared for a patient with the syndrome. It's my understanding that Jacobsen syndrome results from a loss of genetic material at the end of the long arm of chromosome 11. It results in varying symptoms, but most individuals experience delayed development in motor skills and speech, learning difficulties, and some behavioral problems."
Darby's Answer #2
"Individuals with Jacobsen syndrome are missing genetic material from the end of the long arm of chromosome 11 and have extra genetic material from another chromosome. Characteristics include distinctive facial features; delayed development of motor skills and speech; and cognitive impairment."
3.
What made you choose a career in genome research?
This is a simple question that will speak volumes to the interviewer. With so many career choices available, the interviewer is curious to know what made you choose this profession. If you experienced something in your past that made you appreciate a healthcare provider, share that experience. This is a perfect opportunity for the interviewer to know you on a personal level.

"I have always had an interest in medicine and genetics is fascinating to me. It just seemed like a logical choice for me to begin a career in genome research."
Darby's Answer #1
"I have always had an interest in medicine and genetics is fascinating to me. It just seemed like a logical choice for me to begin a career in genome research."
Darby's Answer #2
"One of my cousins who is several years younger than me was born with genetic abnormalities. When I was a kid I always said I was going to 'grow up and find a way to fix him.' Even though I couldn't do that, I always had a desire to study genetics and be a part of the development of new ways to predict and treat genetic abnormalities."
4.
Do you have any experience/knowledge about "Cat Cry Syndrome"?
When interviewing for genome research positions, the interviewer may ask you about different genetic disorders. Remember, no one is expected to know every diagnosis or have a complete understanding of every disorder. If you have heard of a syndrome or disorder that the interviewer asks about, share what you know. If you are asked about something that you have no experience with, say so and show an interest in learning.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have never learned about Cat Cry Syndrome. There are so many genetic abnormalities and I am so intrigued by them. The opportunities to be exposed to more education with genome research is why I chose to apply for employment here at Qiagen."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have heard of Cat Cry Syndrome. I believe the clinical name is Cri du Chat syndrome and it is caused by missing a piece of chromosome 5. Symptoms include a high-pitched cry that sounds like a cat (hence the name Cat Cry Syndrome), downward slant of the eyes, partial webbing of fingers or toes, and slow or incomplete development of motor skills."
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Can you tell me two types of Trisomy 16?
Trisomy 16 is a chromosomal abnormality in which there are 3 copies of chromosome 16 rather than two. It is the most common trisomy leading to miscarriage and the second most common chromosomal cause of it, closely following X-chromosome monosomy. While interviewers do not expect you to know the details of every chromosomal abnormality, understanding some of them and being able to describe characteristics is favorable in an interview.

Darby's Answer #1
" Full Trisomy 16 occurs when an individual has three copies of chromosome 16 instead of the usual two and Mosaic Trisomy 16 is a rare disorder in which an extra chromosome 16 is present in some cells, but not all."
Darby's Answer #2
"I am familiar with Mosaic Trisomy 16and Full Trisomy 16. Mosaic trisomy 16 is rare and shows patients having an extra chromosome 16 is present in only some cells. Full Trisomy 16 which is caused by someone having three copies of chromosome 16 instead of the usual two and is the most common chromosomal cause of miscarriage during the pregnancy's first trimester. Some common symptoms include intrauterine growth retardation and congenital heart defects."
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