RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INTRODUCING GENETICS SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Ala' Alwan & Bernadette Modell
Nature Reviews Genetics 4, 61-68 (2003)
Ala' Alwan is at the World Health Organization, PO Box 811547, Amman 11181, Jordan.
Bernadette Modell is at the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School and the University College London Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, Holborn Union Building, Whittington Campus, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW, UK, and at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Control of Hereditary Disorders.
Many concerned scientists believe that developments in the medical application of genomics will widen the gap between the developed and the developing world. We argue that most developing countries now urgently need to incorporate genetic approaches (including DNA diagnosis) into their health services, and that many are able to do so. DNA diagnosis is relatively inexpensive, helps to develop skills in molecular biology and provides a basis for developing national expertise in genomics.
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