Week 13

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13. (11/28) Genetic diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and surveillance


Idea: Genetic analysis has begun to identify genetic risk factors. We need to consider the social infrastructure needed to keep track of the genetic and environmental exposures with a view to useful epidemiological analysis and subsequent healthcare measures. Even in cases where the condition has a clear-cut link to a single changed gene and treatment is possible, there is complexity in sustaining that treatment.


Case: Genes as risk factors; Collection of genetic vs. environmental data for long-term surveillance; Complexities of social support after PKU diagnosis


Readings: Bowcock 2007, Khoury 2007, Frank 2005, Paul 1998



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