Better late than never: Genome research turns to rare diseases

Research report (imported) 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Authors
Ropers, Hans-Hilger
Departments
Molekulare Humangenetik
Summary
For more than 15 years, genome research has looked for clinically relevant genetic risk factors for common diseases, with meagre results. Now rare disorders come into focus of genome research worldwide. Scientists at the Department of Human Molecular Genetics have successfully dealt with rare genetic disorders for many years. Since the introduction of novel, affordable sequencing techniques it has become possible, in principle, to elucidate the molecular causes of all single gene disorders, with far-reaching consequences for diagnosis, prevention and therapy.

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