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Editorial
November 14, 2001

Genetics Moves Into the Medical Mainstream

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 2001;286(18):2322-2324. doi:10.1001/jama.286.18.2322

Queried at the turn of the millennium about the relevance of genetic diseases to medicine, a primary care physician might well have replied "not in my practice." After all, for most of its history, medical genetics has been devoted largely to the study of relatively rare single-gene or chromosomal disorders. Patients with these disorders were mostly cared for in tertiary care medical centers by specialists. But all that is changing. As demonstrated by the collection of articles in this theme issue of THE JOURNAL, genetics is invading the mainstream of medical practice.

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