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JMG in 2019: looking forward, looking back
  1. Huw Dorkins1,2
  1. 1 St Peter's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Department of Clinical Genetics, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Huw Dorkins, St Peter's College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2DL, UK; huw.dorkins{at}

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The Journal of Medical Genetics (JMG) is now in its 55th year of publication. In that time, both medical genetics and scientific publishing have changed almost beyond recognition. In 1964, it would have seemed inconceivable that when there was a pressing need to reach a diagnosis, a patient could have almost all of their expressed genes sequenced and analysed in the space of a few days.1

The advent of exome and whole-genome sequencing has changed medical genetics. Research studies such as Deciphering developmental disorders 2 3 have shown the potential of genomics in the clinic. Large-scale initiatives such as the 100 000 Genomes Project will help transform medical …

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  • Contributors This is a single author editorial written by HD.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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