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Genomics: decoding the future of nursing care

With rising use of genetics and genomics, an education standard is key for nurse leaders

With increasing use of genetics and genomics, there is a need for standardised training in this essential nursing competency

With the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 and the announcement of messenger RNA in 1961, groundwork was laid for cracking the human genetic code. Just five decades later, in 2001, the Human Genome Project first began sequencing individual human genomes.

Today, genetic testing is common. Provider orders are no longer necessary, and the cost is relatively low, with commercial DNA sequencing companies charging as little as $300 (approximately £225) to decode the human genome.

Consumers send saliva samples and payment, and the results, which can arrive in a few weeks, typically indicate people’s relative risk of developing certain diseases, as well as their carrier status for specific defective genes. Reports may also indicate what personal traits individuals could have

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