Genomics and public health: China’s perspective
Place of Publication
School of Medical and Health Sciences
The recent advancements and emerging technologies that enable high-throughput genetic and “omics” research have provided an unprecedented opportunity to conquer human diseases, including maternal and child health ailments. As the world has started to pay attention to these developments, China—with a diverse population of over 1.3 billion people and an unprecedentedly huge investment in genome science and public health genomics-related programs and services—can make a substantial contribution to humanity by showing other developing countries a way forward. In addition to its efforts in setting up nationwide services including prenatal and newborn screening and other genetic tests, national genomics policies are being implemented to address a range of genetic issues and the infrastructure of public health genomics. Furthermore, a better understanding of traditional Chinese medicine from a genomic perspective may provide a unique chance for its applications in modern techniques in both research and clinical applications.