What is Human Genetics?
There are two main branches to Human Genetics as a professional
discipline in the UK:
Medical Genetics is a medical specialty, which deals with
conditions which are or may be caused by changes in genes. Genetic
conditions may run in families. Examples include Down syndrome,
haemophilia and cystic fibrosis.
Members of the BSGM are involved in the front line of delivering
services to the public in Regional Genetics Centres throughout
Regional Genetics Services include the provision of clinical and
laboratory facilities, utilising the modern techniques of
Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Cytogenetics, and
Human Genetic Research
New insights into the causes of genetic conditions and the
processes of human development are being revealed by genetic
research on a daily basis. This work in turn feeds back to the
clinical services, allowing the development of new diagnostic tests
and therapeutic strategies.