In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed. The advent of predictive medicine, based on more detailed DNA profiling of individual genotypes using technologies like gene chips, rather than screening for one gene at a time, may shift the relationship between doctor and patient. People will be seeking advice on how to manage their susceptibilities or genetic risks, rather than looking for treatment for an already existing disorder.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand some of the ways in which genetic knowledge could affect medical practice, in particular in relation to predictive medicine
understand how populations are screened for conditions such as phenylketonuria and whether screening could be used for carriers of recessive genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis
understand how gene chips may be used to screen for large numbers of genes at once, making it possible to predict the likelihood of developing certain diseases and how people may react to such predictions
understand the implications for the health services.