Genetic testing in the classroom

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.330a (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:330
  1. Audrey Tyler,
  2. David Ball,
  3. Angus Clarke
  1. Honorary research officer Former research registrar Senior lecturer in clinical genetics Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN

    EDITOR,--Recent advances in molecular genetics permit simple genetic testing; this has raised the possibility that suchtesting may be used to show genetic techniques as part of medical education. Indeed, in a biochemistry class in one medi l school first year medical students have undergone collective testing for the most common genetic defect causing cystic fibrosis δF-508. The results were presented collectively, not individually, sothe anonymity of carriers of the mutation will probably have been preserved. However, little genetic counselling was offeredabout the …

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