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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, August 4, 2011       Volume 27   Number 5


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The HHS/CDC Request for Information [PDF 185.98KB] on public health genomics priorities for the next five years has closed.  Our sincere thanks to the many individuals, groups and organizations that responded.  Read the responses, and learn about ongoing opportunities to provide input.



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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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

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Data and Statistics

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of asthma in ethnically diverse North American populations.
Mexico City Childhood Asthma Study (MCAAS), Torgerson DG, Ampleford EJ, et al. Nat Genet. 2011 Jul 31.

216 human genome epidemiology articles have recently been added, please visit the HuGE Literature Finder in the HuGE Navigator.

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

CDC authors are indicated in bold

Reported referral for genetic counseling or BRCA 1/2 testing among United States physicians: a vignette-based study
Trivers KF, Baldwin LM, Miller JW, Matthews B, Andrilla CH, Lishner DM, Goff BA. Cancer. 2011 Jul 25.

Investigation of a researcher's death due to septicemic plague
Frank KM, Schneewind O, Shieh WJ. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 30;364(26):2563-4.

Serum paraoxonase-1 (PON-1) genotype and exposure to organophosphorous insectides - is there a high-risk population?
Matthews AR, Sutter ME, Rentz DE. J Med Toxicol. 2011 Jul 23.

Subtyping salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis isolates from different sources by using sequence typing based on virulence genes and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs)
Liu F, Kariyawasam S, Jayarao BM, Barrangou R, Gerner-Smidt P, Ribot EM, Knabel SJ, Dudley EG. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Jul;77(13):4520-6.

Uric acid as a potential cue to screen for iron overload
Mainous AG, Knoll ME, Everett CJ, Matheson EM, Hulihan MM, Grant AM. J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;24(4):415-21.

Detection of North American orthopoxviruses by real time-PCR
Gallardo-Romero NF, Velasco-Villa A, Weiss SL, Emerson GL, Carroll DS, Hughes CM, Li Y, Karem KL, Damon IK, Olson VA. Virol J. 2011 ;8:313.

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Let's Go Surfing

Personalized medicine for individuals with Down syndrome.
McCabe, LL, McCabe ER. Mol Genet Metab. 2011 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print]

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Events and Training

International Conference on Developmental, Translational and Clinical Pharmacogenomics

Harmonizing Genetic Testing Across Europe

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

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