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Clinical Review

Science, medicine, and the future: Prospecting for gold in the human genome

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:43
  1. John Savill, professor in medicinea
  1. a Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH


    Doctors struggling with the daily problems of clinical medicine usually have little time for molecular and cell biology. But genetic research is producing an explosion of knowledge which doctors will need to understand in order to join in the ethical and financial debates that will inevitably follow the new treatments discovered. There may, indeed, be therapeutic gold hidden in our genes, but the price for it could be more than we can afford. This is the first of three articles introducing a series which aims to convey the excitement and potential power of biomedical science by speculating how current research will impinge on clinical management of common conditions.

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