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Preparing Health Professionals for the Genetic Revolution

Preparing Health Professionals for the Genetic Revolution Imagine a physician discussing the results of a blood test with a patient that show the risk for colon cancer to be increased 4-fold and the risk for diabetes as twice normal. After discussing the meaning of the tests, the physician, the patient, and the nurse design a preventive medicine program to maximize the patient's chances of staying well. This scenario may not be as far-fetched or far off as it may seem. As a physician and as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), I am delighted by the explosion in knowledge of human gene function and its contribution to disease, and I welcome this theme issue on genetics in THE JOURNAL. Largely because of the Human Genome Project, a 15-year international effort nearing its halfway point,1,2 disease gene discoveries and genetic technologies will increasingly drive biomedical research and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Preparing Health Professionals for the Genetic Revolution

JAMA , Volume 278 (15) – Oct 15, 1997

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1997.03550150089043
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Abstract

Imagine a physician discussing the results of a blood test with a patient that show the risk for colon cancer to be increased 4-fold and the risk for diabetes as twice normal. After discussing the meaning of the tests, the physician, the patient, and the nurse design a preventive medicine program to maximize the patient's chances of staying well. This scenario may not be as far-fetched or far off as it may seem. As a physician and as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), I am delighted by the explosion in knowledge of human gene function and its contribution to disease, and I welcome this theme issue on genetics in THE JOURNAL. Largely because of the Human Genome Project, a 15-year international effort nearing its halfway point,1,2 disease gene discoveries and genetic technologies will increasingly drive biomedical research and the

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 15, 1997

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