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Abstract

It is difficult to overstate the extent of the revolution in medicine that is currently underway. Across therapeutic areas, critical links between genes and disease are emerging and proving to be further-reaching than anticipated. Researchers have realized that genetics can play a contributory role in the pathology of diseases long believed to be nongenetic, such as infectious disease. Improved understandings of the genetic bases of disease have raised prospects of novel therapies that have the potential to prevent or cure previously untreatable conditions.

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