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noun (plural) /jəˈnetiks/ 
genetics, plural

  1. The study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics
  2. The genetic properties or features of an organism, characteristic, etc  - the effects of family genetics on the choice of career


What is Genetics?

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 Clinical) Genetics?


Careers in Genetics


How do I find a Regional Genetics centre near me?

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 Medicine?

Any professionals working in Medical Genetics as a clinician or scientist may join the BSGM.