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Genetics and Genomics Education: The Path from Helix to Health 

Genetics and Genomics Education: The Path from Helix to Health
Genetics and Genomics Education: The Path from Helix to Health

Reed E. Pyeritz

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date: 29 May 2020

It has become cliché to note the rapid pace of discovery in the biomedical sciences. This is nowhere more evident than in human and medical genetics, now expanded to include genomics. The sheer volume of information that is published in the literature each year continues to expand rapidly. This trend is accelerating due to a surge in the number of journals that are open-access, only on-line, marginally peer-reviewed, or a combination thereof. Invariably, health professionals find themselves overwhelmed with information, and scant time to turn information into knowledge, if only for the moment they encounter a patient. The result is frequent failures of appropriate diagnosis, management and genetic counseling. The education of health professionals about genetics and genomics is gradually improving, but whether the pace is sufficient to keep up with knowledge and application is open to question. Given all the enthusiasm for ‘personalized medicine’, it is incumbent on the medical community to become facile with genomics. However, the imprimatur to become educated and to stay up-dated should not fall to physicians and other health professionals alone.

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