Research grounded in genetics is booming: Therapies are in the works to treat a number of rare, inherited disorders, from blindness to nerve disease. But there’s a shortage of doctors trained to diagnose and treat such illnesses.

During match season for medical trainees this year, just 30 of the 55 spots for medical genetics residencies in the U.S. were filled.

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  • If some of the stated reasons are true, that a modest salary and lack of ability to bill for procedures are curbing interest, that is a sad commentary on both the motivation of prospective doctors, and the impact of the high cost of medical education.

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