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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 11, 2011       Volume 27   Number 6


A pie cut in two pieces with the smaller piece labeled Environmental and the larger labeled Genetic

New blog "Shall We Have Pie or Stew? Understanding Genetic and Environmental Causes of Human Disease"




Genomic Tests

Putting genomics into practice
Holmes M, Casas J, Hingorani A. BMJ 2011; 343:d4953

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

Pan-ethnic carrier screening and prenatal diagnosis for spinal muscular atrophy:  clinical laboratory analysis of >72 400 specimens
Sugarman EA, et al. Eur J Hum Genet 2011 Aug

Noninvasive Fetal Sex Determination Using Cell-Free Fetal DNA
Stephanie A. Devaney, Glenn E. Palomaki, Joan A. Scott, et al. JAMA 2011;306(6):627-636.

Germline mutations in RAD51D confer susceptibility to ovarian cancer.
Loveday C, Turnbull C, Ramsay E, et al. Nat Genet. 2011 Aug 7.

Mutations in CIC and FUBP1 Contribute to Human Oligodendroglioma.
Bettegowda C, Agrawal N, Jiao Y, et al. Science. 2011 Aug 4.

Chimeric Antigen Receptor–Modified T Cells in Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia
Porter D, Levine B, Kalos M, et al. New England Journal of Medicine 2011, Aug 11

Redirecting T Cells
Urba W, Longo D. New England Journal of Medicine 2011, Aug 10

197 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

Ethical implications and practical considerations of ethnically targeted screening for genetic disorders: the case of hemoglobinopathy screening
Hinton CF, Grant AM, Grosse SD.
Ethn Health. 2011 Aug-Oct;16(4-5):377-88.

Is there a need for PGxceptionalism
Khoury MJ, Gwinn M, Dotson WD, Bowen MS.
Genet Med. 2011 Jul 27.

Measuring enzymatic HIV-1 susceptibility to two reverse transcriptase inhibitors as a rapid and simple approach to HIV-1 drug-resistance testing
Hoffmann D, Garcia AD, Harrigan PR, Johnston IC, Nakasone T, Garcia-Lerma JG, Heneine W.
PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e22019.

Novel surveillance network for norovirus gastroenteritis outbreaks, United States
Vega E, Barclay L, Gregoricus N, Williams K, Lee D, Vinje J.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Aug;17(8):1389-95.

Using single-nucleotide polymorphisms to discriminate disease-associated from carried genomes of Neisseria meningitidis
Katz LS, Sharma NV, Harcourt BH, Thomas JD, Wang X, Mayer LW, Jordan IK.
J Bacteriol. 2011 Jul;193(14):3633-41.

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Let's Go Surfing

Genomic Technology Applied to Pharmacological Traits
Jun J. Yang, Robert M. Plenge. JAMA 2011;306(6):652-653

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Events and Training

Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism – Annual Symposium 2011

British Human Genetics Conference 2011

Next Generation Sequencing Technologies and Medical Sequencing Approaches for Complex Disorders

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