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GP sees gene test potential

Dr Rhydian Hapgood believes controversial Government plans to increase genetic testing will 'open up new opportunities' for GPs.

Dr Hapgood, a part-time GP in Nottingham, is conducting research into pharmacogenetics.

'Genetics doesn't explain everything and needs careful assessment of clinical and cost-effectiveness rather

than to assume it will do things it may not,' he said.

'Genetics is not deterministic, it's probabilistic, so it's

another risk factor like blood pressure, age and weight.'

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