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The Age of Personalised Medicine - The Genomics Revolution

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Over the last decade, several international projects have been launched to sequence and compare thousands of human genomes, spanning multiple ethnic and geographical populations. This technology fast-tracked the detection of genes that are associated with disease traits.

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Back in 2003, an extraordinary step for medicine and long-awaited scientific feat was accomplished. Scientists had drawn up a complete road map of the human genome. The Human Genome Project, which took 14 years to complete, delivered a genetic blueprint for the 20 000 genes contained within the DNA code, giving scientists unprecedented insight into its complexity. Over the last decade, several international projects have been launched to sequence and compare thousands of human genomes, spanning multiple ethnic and geographical populations. This technology fast-tracked the detection of genes, or more often, sets of genes, that are associated with disease traits.

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Kirsten Hogg
Kirsten Hogg PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) conducted her PhD studies in reproductive biology in Edinburgh, UK studying endocrine and metabolic dysfunction in a model of polycystic ovary syndrome. Moving to Canada and then Australia, Kirsten has since built considerable research expertise in fetal and placental development, with a particular focus on the role of epigenetics in health and disease. She has had numerous research papers published in peer-reviewed science journals and is the sole author of an e-book, a molecular biology troubleshooting guide aimed at early career scientists. Kirsten is using her research background and passion for science to pursue her interests in scientific and medical writing.
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This was a great summary of Genetics to encourage interest in the field. I would recommend this as a basic introduction to genetics
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