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Genetic Counseling and Prenatal Diagnosis. Human Genome Project

  • Friedrich Vogel
  • Arno G. Motulsky

Abstract

The expanding knowledge in human genetics has led to practical applications at an increasing rate — especially in genetic counseling and genetic screening. These approaches are promoted to avoid unnecessary hardships for families today. However, widespread genetic counseling and genetic screening will also influence the genetic composition of future generations. More recently, molecular biology has provided increasingly efficient techniques for genetic diagnosis and therapy which will be described in Chap.18. Human geneticists need to consider whether these influences are beneficial or not. What will be the impact of all these new developments on the human species? These problems are considered in Chapter 19.

Keywords

Lipase Ferritin Phenylalanine Hypoglycemia Hypothyroidism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Vogel
    • 1
  • Arno G. Motulsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Humangenetik und AnthropologieHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Division of Medical Genetics, School of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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