The public health services face great challenges globally. The acquisition of knowledge about genes is considered an opportunity to expand the knowledge base for public health practitioners and to enable further development of existing and new services in public health. At the same time, it is also likely to contribute to keeping costs down. Research is the tool used to acquire knowledge – in this case about genetics for health services.

In recent years great technological advances have been made in the field of genetics. It is now possible to sequence the entire genome in one go, both quickly and relatively cheaply. This means that all known genes can be studied at the same time. Such testing has provided insights into both common and rare DNA mutations, as well as greater knowledge about medical conditions. Genome testing can therefore further both the prevention and treatment options offered by public health services.

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