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Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century: Using Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7293.1068 (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1068
  1. Paul Pharoah, CRC senior clinical research fellow and honorary consultant in public health
  1. Strangeways Research Laboratories, Cambridge


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    Eds Muin J Khoury, Wylie Burke, Elizabeth J Thompson

    Oxford University Press, £47.50, pp 660

    ISBN 0 19 512830 3

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    The potential for rapid advances in our understanding of the genetic basis for health and disease has been heralded by the publication of the sequence of the human genome. These advances are likely to present considerable challenges to, as well as opportunities for, public health practitioners, and the term public health genetics has been coined to define the use of knowledge from genetics research to promote health and prevent disease.

    However, …

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