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The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) provides updated and credible information on how genomic information and family health history can improve health and influence policy and practice. We highlight news and information on the use of genomic tests and other applications, including family health history, in clinical and public health practice and programs, along with relevant data, policy, and legislation. We hope the update is informative  to practitioners, policy makers, consumers, and researchers. Please send your comments to:

Thursday, April 28, 2011       Volume 26   Number 17


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Report on Genetics Education and Training

The Secretary‘s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) has released its report on Genetics Education and Training [PDF 2.55 MB] which was developed in recognition of the importance of professional and public genetics education and training to assure that genomic research findings benefit the public‘s health. SACGHS used literature reviews, surveys and key informant interviews to identify the education and training needs of point-of-care health care professionals, public health providers, and consumers and patients and provides recommendations to address these needs.



CDC-authored genomics publications
Starting this week, we will highlight CDC-authored scientific publications involving human and pathogen genomics.


Genomic Tests

For more information on genomic applications in practice and prevention, please visit the GAPP Finder in the GAPP Knowledge Base.

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Family Health History

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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

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Data and Statistics

For this week's human genome epidemiology articles, please visit the HuGE Literature Finder in the HuGE Navigator.

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

CDC authors are indicated in bold

An efficient method for generating poxvirus recombinants in the absence of selection
Rice AD, Gray SA, Li Y, Damon I, Moyer RW. Viruses. 2011 Mar 1;3(3):217-232.

Genetic evidence for Rift Valley fever outbreaks in Madagascar resulting from virus introductions from the East African mainland rather than enzootic maintenance
Carroll SA, Reynes JM, Khristova ML, Andriamandimby SF, Rollin PE, Nichol ST. J Virol. 2011 Apr 20.

MTHFR 677C->T genotype is associated with folate and homocysteine concentrations in a large, population-based, double-blind trial of folic acid supplementation
Crider KS, Zhu JH, Hao L, Yang QH, Yang TP, Gindler J, Maneval DR, Quinlivan EP, Li Z, Bailey LB, Berry RJ. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Apr 20.

Newborn bloodspot screening for lysosomal storage disorders
Zhou H, Fernhoff P, Vogt RF. J Pediatr. 2011 Apr 12.

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Let's Go Surfing

Cancer research, treatment move toward individualized care, HemOnc today, April 25

The dark matter of disease, The Scientist, April 25

Your genes in an envelope? More, please, The Wall Street Journal, April 23

Meet an Innovator: Muin J. Khoury, Genetic Alliance

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Events and Training

Telomeres & Telomerase

17th Annual APHMG Workshop and Medical Genetics Residency Program Directors Meeting

Should We Return Individual Research Results and Incidental Findings from Genomic Biobanks and Archives

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The CDC Office of Public Health Genomics makes available the above information as a public service only. The items in the update come from news articles and scientific articles and abstracts published during the past week. The headlines and lead sentences are exactly as they appear & do not necessarily reflect the opinions, recommendations, or endorsement by the CDC.  Note that some links may become invalid over time.



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