Single gene disorders, like cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy, are rare, and affect only a small number of the patients served by primary care providers. However, the study of genomics is shedding light on the role that multiple genes play in common chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. Research in this area is expending the repertoire of tests that are available to primary care providers to identify at risk individuals.
Many of these new discoveries are announced in the lay press, prior to their publication in scientific, peer reviewed journals. Given the publics’ interest in genetics, it is reasonable to think that people will go to their primary care providers for more information about these discoveries.
To help you respond to their questions, you can review the list of resources and educational materials included in this section.