Application of Genetic and Genomic Tests in the Developing World

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Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE)

Abstract

The contrast between applications of genetic testing in the developed and developing worlds is startling. In the United States, people pay to have their DNA tested for such trivial traits as earwax consistency and odor sensitivities, as well as phenotypes easily evaluated with a glance in the mirror, such as hair color, curl, and thickness; eye color; and freckles. In the developing world, testing for most single-gene disorders, let alone for trivial traits, takes a backseat to dealing with infectious diseases, with their high prevalence, morbidity and mortality, and the rapid pace of the pathology compared to that of the inherited diseases.

Keywords

Clay Obesity Leukemia Dementia Tuberculosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center, Alden March Bioethics InstituteAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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