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Nat Rev Genet. 2008 Oct;9(10):797-802. doi: 10.1038/nrg2453.

Disability and genetics in the era of genomic medicine.

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  • School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Citygate, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. jackie.scully@newcastle.ac.uk


Genomic medicine offers a growing number of methods to diagnose, cure or prevent disability. Although many disabled people welcome these advances, others have reservations about the impact of genetic knowledge on disabled people's lives, arguing that genetic science might exacerbate the deep ambivalence that society as a whole has towards physical difference and anomaly. It is also possible, however, that being able to specify the genetic bases of disability, and distinguish them from other causative factors, will contribute to a fuller understanding of disability and a better response to disabled people.

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