Genetic Studies

  • Michael Alderson

Murphy (1978), after suggesting that epidemiology was the recognition and interpretation of nonrandom distribution of characteristics in the population, indicated that substantive genetics was precisely that area of epidemiology which deals with heredity and that it was a fruitful area for development. This reference can be taken as a specific example of the overlap between genetics and epidemiology. There are two rather different aspects of the relevance of genetics to epidemiology: (1) the need to quantify the influence of genetic factors in the aetiology of various diseases; (2), where the role of genetics has been quantified, a wide range of medical-care issues, such as genetic counselling, or determining the suitability of screening techniques to detect abnormality. Wyatt (1982) has recently stressed the need for accurate, complete, and up-to-date information upon which to base estimates of the risk prior to genetic counselling.


Genetic Counselling Birth Order Twin Pair Twin Study Neural Tube Defect 
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  • Michael Alderson
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  1. 1.Office of Population Censuses and SurveysUK

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