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Volume 33  Number 8  August 28 - September 4, 2014About the Update


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Familial Hypercholesterolemia Awareness Day is September 24th, 2014- the FH Foundation will raise awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia worldwide

FDA Public Workshop: Next Generation Sequencing Standards
Bethesda, Sept 24-25, 2014.

NIST Big Data Public Working Group
Washington, DC. Oct 27-30, 2014.

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Reports and Publications

Birth Defects & Child Health

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Practice guideline for pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell: Direct evidence needed before universal adoption.
Hassell KL, et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Jul

Obstructive sleep apnea and sickle cell anemia.
Rosen CL, et al. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug;134(2):273-81.


Doctor Explaining Diagnosis To Her Female Patient

Bioinformatic analysis reveals a pattern of STAT3-associated gene expression specific to basal-like breast cancers in human tumors.
Robert W. Tell et al. PNAS July 2014

Cancer risk assessment using genetic panel testing: considerations for clinical application.
Hiraki S, et al. J Genet Couns. 2014 Aug;23(4):604-17.

Collaboration of Colorado cancer genetic counselors to integrate next generation sequencing panels into clinical practice.
Wolfe Schneider K, et al. J Genet Couns. 2014 Aug;23(4):640-6.

Genetic counseling strategies in the era of NGS-based cancer panels, Genome Web, Aug 20 [by free subscription only]

Comparative economics of a 12-gene assay for predicting risk of recurrence in stage II colon cancer
Alberts SR, et al. Pharmacoeconomics 2014 Aug

Effect of routine assessment of specific psychosocial problems on personalized communication, counselors' awareness, and distress levels in cancer genetic counseling practice: A randomized controlled trial.
Eijzenga W,  et al.  J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jul 21

Evaluation of the Dutch BRCA1/2 clinical genetic center referral criteria in an unselected early breast cancer population
van den Broek AJ, et al. Eur J Hum Genet 2014 Aug

Equivalency of fecal immunochemical tests and colonoscopy in familial colorectal cancer screening.
Quintero E et al. Gastroenterology. 2014 Aug 12.  

Hereditary cancer syndromes with high risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer: Surgical options for personalized care.
McCann GA, et al.  J Surg Oncol. 2014 Aug 20.  

How can next-generation sequencing (genomics) help us in treating colorectal cancer?
Kristen K. Ciombor et al. Current Colorectal Cancer Reports. August 2014  

Molecular features and survival outcomes of the intrinsic subtypes within HER2-positive breast cancer.
Prat A, et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Aug 19;106(8).

Predicting OncoDX recurrence scores with immunohistochemical markers: Effect of stromelysin
Bradshaw SH, et al. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol 2014 Aug

To worry or not to worry: breast cancer genetic counseling communication with low-income Latina immigrants
Joseph G & Guerra C J Community Genet 2014 Aug

Why you can’t treat breast cancer as one disease, by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University, Aug 21


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Implementation of personalized medicine services in community pharmacies: Perceptions of independent community pharmacists
Alexander KM, et al. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2014 Aug:e326-e333

Personalized pharmacogenomics profiling using whole-genome sequencing.
Mizzi C, et al. Pharmacogenomics. 2014 Jun;15(9):1223-34.

Pharmacogenetic research in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native communities
Woodahl EL, et al. Pharmacogenomics 2014 Jun;15(9):1235-41

PGx analysis of 482 whole genomes, the PhrmGKB Blog, Aug 22

Reproductive Health

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Identification of trisomy 18, trisomy 13, and Down syndrome from maternal plasma.
Gekas J, et al. Appl Clin Genet. 2014 Jul 7;7:127-31.

Reviews, News & Commentaries

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Introduction to bioinformatics- online course for clinicians, from the National Health Service, Genetics Education Center

Mobile genomics: Early insights and excitement as mobile DNA sequencing takes off, by
Dr Leila Luheshi, PHG Foundation Aug 26

Translating mutation to function: Genome editing may revolutionise how we interpret our genomes, by Leila Lehushi, PHG Foundation, Aug 27

CDC blog post: Family trees and family ties: Can family communication increase breast cancer screening and monitoring? By Kari Mendelsohn-Victor, Deb Duquette, Maria Katapodi, Aug 25 

Will lowering the price of genetic testing raise the cost of medical care? Forbes, Aug 25

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is on a mission to enroll 15,000 people into hereditary breast and ovarian cancer research studies

Disease biomarkers reflect genetics and lifestyle, too, GEN News Highlights, Aug 22

Nature vs nurture versus nature and nurture: A sketch of the history of the study of heredity, development, and variation, Intersecting processes post, Aug 22

Why nurture is just as important as nature for understanding genetics, The Conversation, Aug 22

A gene that makes you need less sleep? By Maria Konnikova, New Yorker, Aug 21  

New test shows promise in identifying mystery illnesses, By Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, Aug 21

Why DNA testing isn’t always best for customising medical treatment, The New Statesman, Aug 21

Cancer research: Not a one-size-fits-all approach, by Kathy Giusti, Wired, Aug 14

Tools and Databases

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Cancer gene discovery goes mobile
Louise van der Weyden et al. Nature Genetics. 27 August 2014

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

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CDC authors are indicated in bold

Comparative impacts over 5 years of artemisinin-based combination therapies on Plasmodium falciparum polymorphisms that modulate drug sensitivity in Ugandan children.
Conrad MD, LeClair N, Arinaitwe E, Wanzira H, Kakuru A, Bigira V, Muhindo M, Kamya MR, Tappero JW, Greenhouse B, Dorsey G, Rosenthal PJ. J Infect Dis. 2014 Aug 1;210(3):344-53.

Editorial: Updated guidance on Human Genome Epidemiology (HuGE) reviews and meta-analyses of genetic associations
Marta Gwinn, John P. Ioannidis, Julian Little and Muin J. Khoury Am. J. Epidemiol. (2014) Aug 26

Multilocus typing of Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia duodenalis from non-human primates in China.
Karim MR, Zhang S, Jian F, Li J, Zhou C, Zhang L, Sun M, Yang G, Zou F, Dong H, Li J, Rume FI, Qi M, Wang R, Ning C, Xiao L.

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