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Merger proposal[edit]

Medical genetics is a very large subset of human genetics, it seems to me like both of these subjects could be merged into a single article called "human genetics". In part, I suggest this because I'm not comfortable with trying to set up a nomenclature distinction -- there are some genetic traits which some might argue are "disorders" or "medical" -- this could be a POV problem. For example, is baldness a disorder? medical? or is it simply a "human genetics" trait? More broadly, it seems very difficult and artificial to try to cover human genetics without covering clinical genetics and leaving that coverage to a separate article. Madeleine 01:25, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Weak oppose Both these articles need a lot of work, but I do not think that a complete merger is warranted. Medical genetics is an important and expanding subspecialty in medicine, with unique patient care and ethical issues, as well as a unique body of science and research behind it (although there is very little content on this page related to those topics). Human genetics includes pure science subfields, and refers to both normal and abnormal genetics in humans, along with issues like human evolution that are not directly related to medicine. I'd suggest you be bold, and move content out of this article which more appropriately belongs in human genetics, but leave it as a separate article for specific discussion of the medical specialties and issues. RustavoTalk/Contribs 00:11, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
Oppose There is a wide difference between human genetics & medical genetics. Augmentations or designer babies, genealogical genetics and many other things fall into human genetics but not medical genetics. Furthermore animal genetics can fall into medical genetics but not human genetics. Nagelfar 04:45, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
Okay, I'll close this now, consensus is to discard this merger proposal. Thank you for the feedback, I can see now the information that could be added to make the articles better. Madeleine 05:51, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

Cooper 2004 reference[edit]

Hi its the first time I have written anything in Wikipedia so I am unsure as to whether the author is directly notified of this query, I hope so... I found the article very useful and informative as I am very interested in the allelic architecture of genetic diseases. I was especially intrigued by the final statement in that section referenced with (Cooper, 2004). However there is no link or addtional information and I would really like to read this paper. If you could send me the relevant information to or include the link or journal on the page I would be eternally grateful. Many thanks and all the best, Joe. Soulmanjoeb 13:30, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia! I'm sorry this article is in such a bad state. It looks like Futurebird added this material, copied over from the article Population groups in biomedicine. The references should have been copied over directly, not summarized with name/year format (which would only be appropriate if a reference list is given at the bottom of the article). I've re-copied the material to restore the reference format to the original ref tags; the references now appear in the reference list at the bottom of the page. I hope this helps. Note that I haven't read/reviewed the information here... please fix the article or let us know if you find inaccuracies. Madeleine 14:04, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

External links[edit]

External links to patient support groups and multiple links to the same organization normally not accepted on Wikipedia. Please read the external links policy and the specific rules for medical articles before adding more external links. WhatamIdoing (talk) 00:41, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Starting a major re-write[edit]

I'm starting a major revision of this entry. IMHO this article should focus on the clinical, diagnostic, and counseling issues related to genetics in medicine. I will include a section on careers in medical genetics and typical training pathways, try to write up brief summaries of the subspecialties, and expand links to related topics.

The allelic architecture of disease and population substructure sections seem a little out of context to me.

Please comment on what else you think should / should not be covered. Medical geneticist (talk) 04:18, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Just changed the structure of the article to be more in line with things being discussed at the [Manual of Style] Medical geneticist (talk) 13:24, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm with you - the article has plenty of scope for expansion, and should provide an entry point into the human angle of genetics than the main article could provide, good luck - I'll keep an eye out/on/in... LeeVJ (talk) 22:45, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Whoop .. I can't keep up with you! I am engrossed in Huntington's disease article this week, but if you need a hand / second opinion just ask.. you seem to be going great guns yourself ... great! :) LeeVJ (talk) 00:00, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, it would be good to get another editor involved to make sure that this doesn't reflect a single viewpoint. I'm trying to keep each section fairly succinct, but yet it is a big topic and I worry that it could get a bit too big. My goal is to present 1) an overall picture of medical genetics that an adult could read and understand if they were referred to see a geneticist or genetic counselor, 2) an account of the field that would give a college or medical student an idea of what is out there (I had no clue when I was in college), and 3) an overview of the big picture - ethics and major research efforts -- and how medical genetics fits in with the rest of medicine. Please contribute if you can! Medical geneticist (talk) 14:47, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Will do! Thanks for your edits on HD article :) forgot to mention it's under GA review this week - hence the focus so I should be able to help more after that .. LeeVJ (talk) 22:17, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Personal genome research[edit]

Research into peoples personal genome will also allow discovery of genetic disorders. see add in article —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:32, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Catalog of Medical Genetics Companies[edit]

Some place it would be useful to track the companies that are getting into this field. A mini catalog appears near the beginning of the article on 23andme. Genomas [1] is another genetic medical company to include. Page Notes (talk) 15:16, 19 June 2009 (UTC)