Education in a genomic world

Joseph D. McInerney

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If a transformation in medicine occurs in the wake of the Human Genome Project, its likely focus will be prevention, a logical extension of the lessons of variation and individuality inherent in molecular genetics. The transformation of medicine will require a transformation in genetics education as well, focusing on the development of genetic literacy that allows patient and provider to collaborate as partners in health promotion and disease prevention. The components of genetic literacy include new views of genetics and of disease, and attention to the nature of science, the principles of technology, and ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-390
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Genetic education
  • Genetic medicine
  • Human Genome Project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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