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The Current Status of Medical Genetics in India

Neerja Gupta and Madhulika Kabra

in Genomics and Health in the Developing World

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374759
Published online February 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199392995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195374759.003.0097

Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

The Current Status of Medical Genetics in India

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In the post-genomic era, medical genetics has become integral to all disciplines in medicine. The discipline of Human and medical genetics was introduced in India about forty years ago; however, the progress in this field has been slow, probably due to poor planning and organization. The progress in medical genetics in any country is evident by medical genetics education, availability of diagnostic and counseling services, extent of integration of services with the existing healthcare system, prevention programs, research in related areas, and important issues of ethical and social considerations. This chapter examines the present status of medical genetics in India and considers the scope and challenges that lie ahead.

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Subjects: Clinical Genetics

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