Genetic testing—the process of using medical tests to look for changes in a person’s genes or chromosomes—is expanding rapidly in the United States. In the near future, patients will be expected to navigate a healthcare system in which genetic and genomic information is used consistently to diagnose and treat disease. And that could become a problem if you do not understand the language.
Genomics is a complex science that can be tough for people to understand, even individuals who hold advanced medical degrees. Some of the difficulty is due to the specialized language of genetics. Another reason genetics is hard for many people to understand is that it is simply not taught, even in some medical schools. Nevertheless, professionals need to boost their own genetic literacy and that of their patients so that they can make knowledgeable healthcare decisions.
But it is not enough to simply recognize the difference between genes and jeans. To understand personal issues involving genomic medicine, comprehend media reports, or participate in public policy discussions about genomics people need a broad comprehension of genomic medicine. Genomics Literacy: What You Need to Know about Genetics and Genomics, the latest white paper from Hayes, Inc., explains why and how to prepare for a future in which genetic and genomic information will be in routine use. It also includes a list of numerous online genomics resources that are geared toward professional and lay populations.
If the intricate language of genetics and genomics has you confused, download your complimentary copy of Genomics Literacy: What You Need to Know about Genetics and Genomics today.