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Public thinks genetic testing is “a step too far”

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1564
  1. Cherrill Hicks
  1. London

    Many people believe that genetic medicine “messes with nature,” and most are opposed to genetic testing for specific diseases, says a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research, an independent charity and think-tank.

    The report, by Liz Kendall, senior research fellow in health policy at the institute, said that genetic medicine is set to become one of the most important developments in health care, with advances in knowledge about the human genome affecting the treatment of common disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

    Genetic research, it pointed out, could lead to the development of more “personalised” drugs designed to fit specific molecular processes involved in causing disease, and other new types of treatment such as gene therapy, in which defective genes are replaced or repaired. Genetic testing for common disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease …

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