Spring 2014 – Future Medical Practice and Genetics

Future Medical Practice and Genetics.

Author: Alec J. Beaney

Author Affiliations: Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

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Corresponding Author: Alec J. Beaney; A.Beaney[at]uea.ac.uk

Key Words: medical student; breast cancer; single nucleotide polymorphisms; genome-wide association studies.

Abstract: Significant progress has been made in the rapidly evolving sub specialty of medical genetics. In this article, breast cancer has been used as an example to highlight recent developments in this field of medicine, with a discussion on the implications this has on medical practice and policy. The potential of medical genetics is staggering but not without its limitations, and we must consider all aspects of use before advancing further. Consequently, students and physicians alike need to have a thorough understanding of all components of clinical genetics in order to be ready for this new era of healthcare.

Published on date: May 31, 2014

Senior Editor: Michelle Dwyer

Junior Editor: Tina Chaalan

DOI: Pending

Citation: Beaney AJ. Future Medical Practice and Genetics. Medical Student Research Journal. 2014;3(Spring):47-50.


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Jessica Wummel is a third year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She received her B.S. in Human Biology with a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society also from Michigan State University in 2011 from the Lyman Briggs College. She is interested in pursuing a career in Med/Peds and would eventually like to be involved in academic medicine later in her career.