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Books, Journals, New Media
July 21, 2004

Genome Epidemiology

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(3):385-386. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.385

For many, the word genetics or, better still, the words genomics and genetic epidemiology conjure up a particularly complex, yet important and exhilarating, area of science. This perception is largely attributable to the accomplishments of Watson and Crick in the 1950s and more recently to the Human Genome Project and the promise of a new era of disease prevention that lies in the wake of their discoveries. Yet, much work is to be done if human genome data are to be translated into preventive action at the population level.