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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, July 7, 2011       Volume 27   Number 1


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CDC has issued a Request for Information (RFI) [PDF 185.98 KB] for comments, data, and other information helpful to assess the current research, policy, and practice environment in public health genomics, as part of a process to assess the most important steps for the field in the next five years. Submit comments in response to the RFI here.



Practice and Programs

Screening for lipid disorders in kids, Medscape Today, July 5

Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Medscape, June 29

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Data and Statistics

Long-term outcomes of BRCA1/BRCA2 testing: risk reduction and surveillance
Schwartz MD, et al. Cancer 2011 Jun

The General Public's Understanding and Perception of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results
Leighton JW, et al. Public Health Genomics 2011 Jun

Integrated genomic analyses of ovarian carcinoma.
The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, et al. Nature. 2011 Jun 29;474(7353):609-615.

Mapping of ovarian cancer genome, PHG Foundation, July 6

Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism.
Hallmayer J, Cleveland S, Torres A, et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011 Jul 4

Clinical effect of point mutations in myelodysplastic syndromes.
Bejar R, Stevenson K, Abdel-Wahab O, Galili N, et al. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 30;364(26):2496-506.

Multiplicity: an organizing principle for cancers and somatic mutations.
Frey LJ, Piccolo SR, Edgerton ME. BMC Med Genomics. 2011 Jun 29;4(1):52.

176 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

Efficient DNA extraction for HPV genotyping in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues
Steinau M, Patel SS, Unger ER. J Mol Diagn. 2011 Jul;13(4):377-81.

Phylogenetic analysis of eastern equine encephalitis virus isolates from Florida
White GS, Pickett BE, Lefkowitz EJ, Johnson AG, Ottendorfer C, Stark LM, Unnasch TR. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 May;84(5):709-17.

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Let's Go Surfing

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Events and Training

Integrating Large-Scale Genomic Information into Clinical Practice: A Workshop

Human Genetics & Genomics

7th ISNS European Neonatal Screening Regional Meeting

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