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The need for genetic studies of Indigenous Australians

Gareth S Baynam
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): 313. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11459

To the Editor: The continuing integration of genetic technologies into clinical medicine is providing opportunities for health care improvement. This has the potential to reduce health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in several ways: improving our understanding of disease pathogenesis, obtaining a perspective from which to view environmental risks, improving prediction of disease risk, identifying new diagnostic techniques and drug targets, and making advances in pharmacogenomics.

  • Gareth S Baynam

  • Genetic Services of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, WA.


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