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Some pioneers of European human genetics

Harper, Peter 2017. Some pioneers of European human genetics. European Journal of Human Genetics 10.1038/ejhg.2017.47

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Some of the pioneers of human genetics across Europe are described, based on a series of 100 recorded interviews made by the author. These interviews, and the memories of earlier workers in the field recalled by interviewees, provide a vivid picture, albeit incomplete, of the early years of human and medical genetics. From small beginnings in the immediate post-World War 2 years, human genetics grew rapidly across many European countries, a powerful factor being the development of human cytogenetics, stimulated by concerns over the risks of radiation exposure. Medical applications soon followed, with the recognition of human chromosome abnormalities, the need for genetic counselling, the possibility of prenatal diagnosis and later, the applications of human molecular genetics. The evolution of the field has been strongly influenced by the characters and interests of the relatively small number of founding workers in different European countries, as well as by wider social, medical and scientific factors in the individual countries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Additional Information: This article was part of the collection - "Marking the 25th Anniversary of European Journal of Human Genetics"
Publisher: Nature
ISSN: 1018-4813
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 March 2017
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 11:30

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