Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348Print version ISSN 1020-4989
WYSZYNSKI, Diego F.. Genetic epidemiology: an expanding scientific discipline. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1998, vol.3, n.3, pp.179-187. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891998000300006.
Genetic epidemiology is a relatively new discipline that studies the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of human diseases. Taking advantage of genetic markers provided by molecular biological research, complex computerized algorithms, and large databases, the field of genetic epidemiology has undergone significant development over the past 10 years. Using concrete examples from recent scientific literature, this article describes the objectives and methodology of genetic epidemiology.