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The growth of pharmacogenetic testing

Researchers examine how DNA makeup affects an individual's response to pharmaceuticals.
Myriad Genetics
NPR News
Researchers examine how DNA makeup affects an individual's response to pharmaceuticals.

Have you ever wondered why certain medications work for others but not for you? It’s possible your DNA is interfering with the efficacy of your prescription drugs. We look at this emerging field of research with Dr. Emily Cicali, the clinical director of MyRx, the UF Health program that uses pharmacogenetics to optimize prescription medicine. Linda Armstrong, a patient who learned about the science through her own untreatable pain, shares her personal experience.

Community Writer’s Workshop

A daylong community workshop offers a chance for writers at all levels to connect with successful Florida authors and hone their craft.


  • Tiffany Melanson, creative writing director at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, poet and National Endowment for the Arts fellow.
  • Nikesha Williams, award-winning author, host of the Black & Published podcast and Jacksonville Today columnist.
  • Nylah Watkins, 12th grader, performer and poet at Douglas Anderson. 

First Coast Connect Book Club

Stacey Goldring, host of the Chapter Endnotes Book Club, gives a preview of next Tuesday’s discussion of the Virgina Woolf classic Mrs. Dalloway.


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Stacey Bennett is the producer of "First Coast Connect" and "What's Health Got to Do With It?" She is a Jacksonville-based singer-songwriter who performs under the nom de plume Folk is People. Stacey holds bachelor's degrees in both political science and psychology from the University of North Florida and a master's in business administration from Saint Leo University.