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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, June 16, 2011       Volume 26   Number 24


Enhancing Breast Cancer Genomic Practices through Education, Surveillance, and Policy

New Funding Opportunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces a new funding opportunity for programs to assist the adoption of evidence-based recommendations for breast cancer genomic tests and other related interventions into health practice maximizing health benefits and minimizing harm to individuals and populations.



Genomic Tests

Clinical utility gene card for: Aarskog-Scott syndrome (faciogenital dysplasia)
Orrico A, et al.
Eur J Hum Genet 2011 Jun

Clinical utility gene card for: Haemophilia A
Keeney S, et al.
Eur J Hum Genet 2011 Jun

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

Rapid sequencing of the deadly E.coli, PHG Foundation, June 14

CDC to fund state breast cancer genomics efforts, Genome Web, June 10 [by free subscription only]

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Policy and Legislation

FDA approves HER2 test for breast cancer, Genome Web, June 14 [by free subscription only]

Restoring trust vital in public acceptance of the use of residual newborn screening specimens, Science Daily, June 14

Could prenatal DNA testing open Pandora's box, AJC, June 12

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Data and Statistics

The orphan disease networks.
Zhang M, Zhu C, Jacomy A, et al, Am J Hum Genet. 2011 Jun 10;88(6):755-66.

Effects of Natural Selection and Gene Conversion on the Evolution of Human Glycophorins Coding for MNS Blood Polymorphisms in Malaria-Endemic African Populations
Wen-Ya Ko, Kristin A. Kaercher, Emanuela Giombini, et al. The American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 88, Issue 6, 741-754

Parents' decisions to screen newborns for FMR1 gene expansions in a pilot research project.
Skinner D, Choudhury S, Sideris J, et al, Pediatrics. 2011 Jun;127(6):e1455-63


For this week's 203 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 automated genotyping tool for enteroviruses and noroviruses
Kroneman A, Vennema H, Deforche K, Avoort HV, Penaranda S, Oberste MS, Vinje J, Koopmans M. J Clin Virol. 2011 Jun;51(2):121-5.

Combined gene expression profiling and RNAi screening in clear cell renal cell carcinoma identify PLK1 and other therapeutic kinase targets
Ding Y, Huang D, Zhang Z, Smith J, Petillo D, Looyenga BD, Feenstra K, Mackeigan JP, Furge KA, Teh BT. Cancer Res. 2011 Jun 3.

Varicella zoster virus DNA at inoculation sites and in saliva after Zostavax immunization
Pierson DL, Mehta SK, Gilden D, Cohrs RJ, Nagel MA, Schmid DS, Tyring SK. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jun;203(11):1542-5.

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Let's Go Surfing

The ghost of personalized medicine, The Scientist, June 14

New epigenetic map resource in development, PHG Foundation, June 13

CREST maps somatic structural variation in cancer genomes with base-pair resolution.
Wang J, Mullighan CG, Easton J, et al. Nat Methods. 2011 Jun 12.

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Events and Training

3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology

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

Beyond the Genome 2011

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