Dr Andrew Shelling from the University of Auckland talks about the importance of thoroughly examining the physical characteristics of their patients before they start to study the genetic sequences, or the, of the patients. Later, computers are used to look for patterns between physical characteristics (the ) and genetic characteristics (genotype). It may be, for example, that certain physical characteristics are common amongst patients who have a particular disease.
Dr Andrew Shelling
What we are really interested in his finding out as much about the patients as we possibly can before we begin looking at their weight, height, age, ethnicity the symptoms of the disease, and what they are presenting with. So the phenotype takes into account all those different traits [characteristics], and features about themselves., or their . That’s called the - that’s their physical appearance as they walk in through the clinic door. So there are a lot of clinical that we look at, like their