Aims/Description: Genetic knowledge and technology have advanced rapidly and now increasingly impact on healthcare. As many diseases involve an inherited or spontaneous genetic alteration, nurses and midwives will increasingly deal with the consequences of genetic medicine and need a sufficient level of understanding to `future proof┐ their practice. This unit includes an introduction to molecular and cell biology before going on to examine genetic factors affecting health. Strategies for genetic screening, diagnosis and treatment are investigated, including speculation on future developments. This leads onto a discussion of appropriate ways to counsel patients, explain procedures, interpret results and consider implications.

Staff Contact: Lisa Bell
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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