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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 25, 2011       Volume 27   Number 8


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New blog "Think before you spit: do personal genomic tests improve health?"




Genomic Tests

Pharmacogenetic testing to predict antipsychotic-induced weight gain: a systematic review
Risselada AJ, et al. Pharmacogenomics 2011 Aug;12(8):1213-27

For more information on genomic applications in practice and prevention, please visit the GAPP Finder in the GAPP Knowledge Base and PLoS Currents Evidence on Genomic Tests.

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Practice and Programs

Preventing misguided genetic tests saves money, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 21

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Policy and Legislation

Genetic discrimination bill clears California senate, Genome Web, August 23 [by free subscription only]

California assembly passes genetic antidiscrimination bill, Genome Web, August 19 [by free subscription only]

American Bar Association passes resolution on DTC marketing of genetic tests, Genome Web, August 19 [by free subscription only]

FDA’s biomarker and device advice, The Scientist, August 18

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Data and Statistics

A copy number variation morbidity map of developmental delay
Cooper GM, Coe BP, Girirajan S, et al. Nat Genet. 2011 Aug 14.

174 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

Race/ethnic variation in the association of lipid-related genetic variants with blood lipids in the adult U.S. population
Chang MH, Ned RM, Hong Y, Yesupriya A, Yang Q, Liu T, Janssens AC, Dowling NF. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2011 Aug 10.

View previous CDC-authored publications

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Let's Go Surfing

Genetic testing.
Wald NJ. J Med Screen. 2011;18(2):55.

Needles in stacks of needles: finding disease-causal variants in a wealth of genomic data.
Cooper GM, Shendure J. Nat Rev Genet. 2011 Aug 18;12(9):628-40.

Chromosomes and Cancer, The Scientist, August 18

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Events and Training

The EMBO Meeting

Epigenomics of Common Diseases

International pharmacogenomics conference to focus on better drug treatment based on genetics, EurekAlert, August 23

14th Annual NCHPEG Meeting, Strategies for Evidence-Based Education in Genetics

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