Genetics white paper heralds “a revolution in health care”BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1413 (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1413
- Kathryn Godfrey
A vision of a future NHS offering personalised health care that is based on a person's genetic profile was painted in the government's genetics white paper, announced this week.
The health secretary, John Reid, told the House of Commons: “Genetics promises a more personalised approach to health care, with interventions tailored to each person's own genetic profile.” He proclaimed, “We are standing on the threshold of a revolution in health care.”
An estimated six out of ten people will, by the age of 60, develop a disease that is at least partially genetically determined. The white paper lays out a future NHS where patients are routinely …