Medical Genetics: History


Some notion of the rules of heredity in humans has existed for more than 2000 years; however, genetics as a true science was founded only in the second half of the nineteenth century, and has undergone recent rapid development. This knowledge is being increasingly used in medicine.

Keywords: biometric genetics; cytogenetics; clinical; genetic analysis; mendel's laws; twin studies


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Vogel, Friedrich(Jan 2006) Medical Genetics: History. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005488]