By: Ala' Alwan and Bernadette Modell


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Many scientists are concerned that developments in the medical application of genomics will widen the gap between the developed and developing world.

In this article, Ala' Alwan and Bernadette Modell argue that most developing countries should urgently incorporate genetic approaches — including DNA diagnosis techniques — into their health services, and that many are already able to do so.

DNA diagnosis is relatively inexpensive, helps to develop skills in molecular biology and provides a basis to develop national expertise in genomics, they say.

Link to Nature Reviews Genetics article

Source: Nature Reviews Genetics 4, 61 (2003)

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