Childhood emergencies

May 2010

Professional

Genomics and general practice: the next 10 years

Volume 39, No.5, May 2010 Pages 339-340

Lawrence Leung

Should general practitioners care about genomics? Perhaps not right now, but definitely within the next decade.

Genomics is the study of the genetic information of organisms from their basic nucleic acid structure (so-called base pairing) to their polymorphisms and their variability over time and space. If we go further downstream, genomics leads to transcriptomics (study of transcription of genes into ribonucleic acids [RNAs]), proteomics (study of translation of RNA into peptide sand proteins) and finally, metabolomics (study of interaction of various proteins for normal metabolism). In the last 2 decades, these fields have significantly impacted practically every branch of biological and medical sciences, and equally sociology,1 anthropology,2 psychology,3 and behaviour studies.3,4

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