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“‘The NHS will need to be ready to use genomics as part of its routine care.’ But how will genomics impact on primary care and what is needed for primary care to be genomics-ready?

“While genetics focuses on DNA coding for single functional genes, genomics is the study of the entirety of our DNA, recognising the crucial regulatory role of non-coding DNA and the complex interactions between multiple genes and the environment. Genomics and variation is fundamental to precision medicine which, through its four components of predictive, preventive, personalised, and participatory medicine, aims to promote wellness as well as to more precisely treat disease. The transformational 100 000 Genomes Project funded by the Department of Health aspires to kick-start a UK genomics industry and set up a genomics medicine service within the NHS. GPs will play an important role within a genomics medicine service both in supporting patients through diagnostic and treatment processes and in using knowledge of genomics for disease prevention.”

This abstract is from the Genomics Education Programme-affiliated manuscript published in February 2017 in the academic journal British Journal of General Practice. The full article can be obtained either via the sidebar’s Document Download, or via visiting the hosting journal’s webpage at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17x688945


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1st February 2017

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13th May 2024

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Manuscript: Genomics in routine clinical care: what does this mean for primary care? [PDF, 44 KB]