Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMy name's Dr. Phil Burns. I am a senior lecturer in the medical school at University of Leeds. I have been an active researcher since my mid-20s, and I've always had an interest in genetics. So the course concentrates very much on the genetic basis of disease. The main one which we'll be covering is cancer, which is probably the commonest type of disease that affects humans, but we'll also be touching on the rarer types of genetic disease that are passed on through families and generations. The key takeaway messages are that there are known causes of human genetic diseases, particularly cancer.
Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds We've studied the causes of cancer for many decades now, and we have a very good understanding of what particular factors or exposures that lead to cancer or increase people's risk of cancer. And, at the very least, we'd like people to have an appreciation of those sorts of risks and exposures, and to think about how themselves, or as human societies, we can actually look to prevent or reduce the incidence of cancer through reducing those sorts of exposures.
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