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Medical schools need to prepare doctors for revolutionary advances in genetics

By Rama Shankar Singh, Professor of Biology, McMaster University
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Human diversity did not appear to matter to modern medicine. At the time, the state of medical practice ignored the differences between individuals and between men and women.

This practice was reflected in how doctors were trained. They took courses in basic biology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. But genetics, the science of variation, was not a required course until recently.

Advances in genetics research have slowly transformed…

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