Delivering the promise of public health genomics

Can genomics help developing countries face their growing burden of disease?Since the completion of the human genome project in 2003, scientific activities that were unheard-of a decade ago, such as sequencing the genes of a newly emerging virus in days, the ability to screen for inherited diseases and the potential for personalised medicine have all become a part of public health landscape.Genomics is often associated with the detection of single gene disorders, such as thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia. Momentum is growing for developing countries to harness such technology, but the utility of genomic research is far wider than that: it has the potential to help them tackle the double burden of infectious and non-infectious diseases.Examples of current research include using genomics t…
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