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Recent Advances: Medical genetics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1021
  1. John R W Yates, consultant in medical geneticsa
  1. a Department of Medical Genetics, Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge CB2 2QQ


    Summary points

    • The genes for most common single gene disorders have been isolated and characterised

    • A second breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA2, has been isolated

    • Techniques for detecting gene mutations are improving, but better methods are needed


    • Funding None.

    • Conflict of interest None.

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