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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75-78

Molecular biology in urology


Department of Urology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajeev Kumar
Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Introduction: Molecular biologic techniques form the cornerstone of progress in the field of medicine in the next millennium. These techniques are useful in diagnosis, prog­nosis, management and follow-up of patients. Methods: Recent publications in the field of molecular biology and its use in urology were reviewed. The mate­rial was then edited to produce this article. Results: There has been a tremendous interest in this field in the last decade. Over 50 articles in indexed jour­nals and edited text books were found. Literature relating to its use in urology is less common but seems to be in­creasing in the last few years. Conclusions: Molecular diagnosis is the identification of presence of disease or susceptibility to disease based on the presence of abnormal genes or their products. Mo­lecular therapy is the development of rational therapeutic strategies aimed at correcting the basic genomic abnor­mality using molecular biologic techniques. These two applications of molecular biology shall be the focus of advance in urology in the next millennium.


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