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December 1969

Research Trends in Genetics and Immunology

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Hirschhorn is an Arthur J. and Nellie Z. Cohen Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, and a Career Scientist of the New York City Health Research Council (I-513). Read before the American Pediatric Society, Atlantic City, NJ, May 1, 1969.

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(6):824-829. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040826004

OUR PRESIDENT has asked me to project the advances in genetics and immunology to what I believe may be happening in the year 2000.

The two fields, genetics and immunology, have both been moving extremely quickly in the last two decades, and many of the lines of research in these two fields are becoming not only parallel but interlocking. I shall restrict remarks about immunology to those aspects which are pertinent to genetics, and I believe you will find that many of these aspects are the fastest moving areas of immunology.

The term "genetic engineering" has become rather popular in the New York Times and other scientific journals. It is this particular aspect of genetics that I should like to stress, as has already, of course, been done in part by Dr. Lowe.

Genetic engineering can be done on three levels: on a population level, on a family level, and

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