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Genetics helps estimate the risk of disease – but how much does it really tell us?

By Cathryn Lewis, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics, King's College London
Oliver Pain, Postdoctoral Research Associate, King's College London
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Genetics research has made momentous strides in the 21st century. At the start of the century, we had a broad understanding that most medical problems in the developed world are partly genetically determined but lacked the technology to fully explore the secrets hiding in our genome.

This century’s technological advances have allowed us to make substantial progress in identifying the genomic underpinnings of heart disease, mental health disorders,

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