Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
WYSZYNSKI, Diego F.. Genetic epidemiology: an expanding scientific discipline. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1998, vol.3, n.1, pp.26-34. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891998000100005.
Genetic epidemiology is a relatively new discipline that studies the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the production of human diseases. Taking advantage of the genetic markers provided by molecular biological research, complex computerized algorithms, and large databases, the field of genetic epidemiology has undergone notable development in the past 10 years. This article describes the objectives and methodology of genetic epidemiology, using concrete examples from the recent scientific literature.