Interaction between Technical and Social Developments in Human Genetics

  • Hans Galjaard
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 161)


During the last decades much has been learned about the molecular basis of genetics and its translation into protein biosynthesis and cellular biology. In many instances the study of rare abnormalities and variants has formed the basis for understanding complex normal processes. In the future the same is likely to occur with the elucidation of the genetic factors involved in the shaping of individuals. This chapter contains a summary of the present state of affairs in human gene mapping and in the prenatal diagnosis and prevention of congenital abnormalities and genetic diseases which are often associated with impairment of physical and mental development. In addition to the genetic technology itself attention is given to the psychosocial aspects of genetic counselling and of each knowledge of genetic factors which will or may lead to handicaps or disease sooner or later in life. Finally, some thought is given to future developments in connection with such complex issues as intelligence, emotional behavior, and cognitive performance.


Down Syndrome Chromosomal Aberration Prenatal Diagnosis Clinical Genetic Handicapped Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Galjaard
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical GeneticsUniversity HospitalRotterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityNetherlands

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