The promise of medical geneticsBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.01060001 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E37
This article originally appeared in BMJ USA
The talk about medical genetics is marked by hype as much as hope. When President Bill Clinton announced the completion of the first working draft of the human genome in June 2000, he stated, “It is now conceivable that our children's children will know the term ‘cancer’ only as a constellation of stars.” The British health secretary recently proclaimed that with developments in genetics, “The NHS [National Health Service] of the future should increasingly allow us to predict and prevent the common diseases of life.” (The editor …
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