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noun (plural) /jəˈnetiks/
- The study of heredity and the variation of inherited
- The genetic properties or features of an organism,
characteristic, etc - the effects of
family genetics on the choice of career
Genetics is the field of study that is concerned with heredity
and how particular qualities or traits are passed on from parents
to offspring. These can be simple physical traits such as height or
hair colour as well as complex disease susceptibilities.
Medical genetics is both a clinical specialty and a basic
science. It makes it possible to gain a greater understanding of
the function of health and disease in the human body.
Rapid advancements in genetics and genetic technology are
creating opportunities for the understanding, prevention, treatment
and cure of human diseases.
What is Medical (or
Careers in Genetics
How do I find a Regional Genetics centre near
There are 25 Regional Genetics Centres in the
UK, situated in major hospitals in most of the large population
centres. To find a centre near you, search our directory.
How do I join the British Society for Genetic
Any professionals working in Medical Genetics as a clinician or
scientist may join the