Genetics vs Genomics

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What’s the difference between genetics and genomics?

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Simply put, genetics encompasses single gene disorders that are rare and due to highly penetrant gene mutations (i.e., most people with the gene mutations develop the condition). Genomics is the study of the whole genome, including non-coding regions, and how disease-producing alleles with relatively highly frequencies contribute to common as well as rare diseases.