The scope of technology has widened over the past twenty years from rare single gene disorders such as cystic fibrosis to encompass many common conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These changes will significantly affect the practice of medicine. They will also give rise to a host of new ethical and social implications which must be addressed, not just by doctors and geneticists, but by government and across society.
The Nuffield Trust Genetics Scenario Project is a joint enterprise between the Public Health Genetics Unit and the Nuffield Trust to explore in detail the potential impact of genetic science on health and health services and its implications for society.
Zimmern R and Cook C (2000) Genetics and health policy: issues for genetic science and their implications for health and health services. Research report. Nuffield Trust.