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Public lacks knowledge about genetic testing and gene therapy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1370
  1. Ruaraidh Hill,
  2. Martin Stanisstreet,
  3. Edward Boyes,
  4. Helen O'Sullivan
  1. Postgraduate student Faculty member Faculty member Environmental Education Research Unit, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX
  2. Lecturer Department of Environmental and Biological Studies, Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, PO Box 6, Liverpool L16 9JD

    EDITOR,--Rodney Harris and Hilary J Harris draw attention to the consequences to general practitioners of the increased opportunities for genetic testing and gene therapy.1 They note that the public is becoming aware of these opportunities and that primary health teams will need to provide counselling to allow clients to make informed choices. By coincidence, we recently completed a survey, supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, of the knowledge about cystic fibrosis of a group of students …

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