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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 121-128

Genetics in Public Health - Rarely Explored


Dept of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Teerthankar Mahaveer dental college and research center, Delhi road, Moradabad-244001, Uttar Pradesh, India

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The availability and integration of genetic information into our understanding of normal and abnormal growth and development are driving important changes in health care. These changes have fostered the hope that the availability of genetic information will promote a better understanding of disease aetiology and pennit early, even pre-symptomatic diagnosis and preventive intervention to avoid disease onset. Hence, our aim was to review and provide the insight into the role of genetics in public health and its scope as well as barriers. The use of genetics keeping in the essentials of public health service along with their goals and essential public health functions are discussed. From the era of eugenics to the present era this area has seen many turns, in which genetists have put through their effort to tie together the strings of both molecular genetics and public health. Though still the dark clouds of eugenics, the predictive power of genes, genetic reductionism, non-modifiable risk factors, individuals or populations?, resource allocation, commercial imperative, discrimination and understanding and education are hanging above. The technological and scientific advances that have fundamentally changed how we perceive human diseases fuel expectations for this proactive health.


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