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Genetics and public health - evolution, or revolution?

Halliday, Jane L., Collins, Veronica R., Aitkens, Mary Anne, Richards, Martin P. M. and Olsson, Craig A. 2004, Genetics and public health - evolution, or revolution?, Journal of epidemiology and community health, vol. 58, no. 11, pp. 894-899, doi: 10.1136/jech.2003.018515.

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Title Genetics and public health - evolution, or revolution?
Author(s) Halliday, Jane L.
Collins, Veronica R.
Aitkens, Mary Anne
Richards, Martin P. M.
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5927-2014
Journal name Journal of epidemiology and community health
Volume number 58
Issue number 11
Start page 894
End page 899
Total pages 6
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-11
ISSN 0143-005X
1470-2738
Summary During the 19th and early 20th century, public health and genetics shared common ground through similar approaches to health promotion in the population. By the mid-20th century there was a division between public health and genetics, with eugenicists estranged and clinical genetics focused on single gene disorders, usually only relevant to small numbers of people. Now through a common interest in the aetiology of complex diseases such as heart disease and cancer, there is a need for people working in public health and genetics to collaborate. This is not a comfortable convergence for many, particularly those in public health. Nine main concerns are reviewed: fear of eugenics; genetic reductionism; predictive power of genes; non-modifiable risk factors; rights of individuals compared with populations; resource allocation; commercial imperative; discrimination; and understanding and education. This paper aims to contribute to the thinking and discussion about an evolutionary, multidisciplinary approach to understanding, preventing, and treating complex diseases.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/jech.2003.018515
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, BMJ Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043814

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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