Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2010

Genetics and genomics in general practice

Siaw-Teng Liaw
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The translation of molecular medicine into clinical practice has implications for general practice and personalised medicine.
This article outlines requirements for general practice to make optimal use of genomics.
Genomics identifies variations in many genes, enhancing knowledge of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. Unlike personal information, genomic information raises issues of privacy, potential family trauma and discrimination by employers and insurers. To embed genomics safely and effectively into practice, general practitioners need information, competencies and support through regulation, policy, information management, professional decision support, patient self management, community engagement and educational activities.

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