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Medical News & Perspectives
January 21, 1998

Airport ‘Gene Shop' Teaches a Captive Audience About Genetic Diseases

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JAMA. 1998;279(3):185-187. doi:10.1001/jama.279.3.185-JMN0121-3-1

TRAVELERS passing through Terminal 2 in England's Manchester Airport during the past year or so have been greeted with an unusual facility that stands apart from the familiar duty-free shops and airport retail outlets that typically sell newspapers, novels, and souvenirs.

The Gene Shop, a joint venture between the Centre for Professional Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's (RMCH) department of clinical genetics, is intended to provide people with an opportunity to shop around for free information about genetics and how genes and genetic diseases can affect their everyday lives.

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