An open reading frame is a concept in genetics referring to a stretch of DNA sequence that can be “read” by cellular machinery to produce a protein. If you shift the frame right or left you completely change how the sequence is read. I have titled my blog “Open Reading Frame” to invoke the idea of many possible readings and viewpoints on genetics and its importance in our lives. I’m starting the blog at the same time as I officially start my doctoral dissertation research in Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington. Posts will be at least tangentially related to my dissertation project, though I may venture into blogging about other happenings and events in genetics. My goal is to post every week or two; the more people I think/know are reading, enjoying, and/or benefitting from these posts, the better positioned I’ll be to meet that goal! So, please subscribe and share widely. Thanks!