It is entirely fitting that the Youth Council of the A.A.A.S. should select the field of medical genetics for a symposium. I say this because medical genetics is a youthful field, conceived in this century, infantile until a mere quarter century ago, and currently undergoing a most dramatic adolescent growth spurt. In fact, the field has many of the emotional characteristics of an adolescent — boundless energy and optimism coupled with impatience and a modicum of naivete. In my remarks, I shall take my cue from the ebullient spirit of this young field and attempt to convey the sense of excitement and challenge which those of us engaged in the study of medical genetics feel today.
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