Bringing ordinary doctors into the genetics party

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:0

Most readers of the BMJ don't know much about genetics, and they know even less about molecular biology. Yet it is these ordinary doctors who will have to deliver the promises of the genetic revolution—if they are ever to be delivered. This theme issue is devoted to exploring how the promises might be delivered.

As we watched the growing excitement and hype around the human genome project, we at the BMJ had a vision of the Oscar ceremonies. The scientists are in their tuxedos and sparkling dresses, slapping each other on the …

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