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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 23, 2011       Volume 26   Number 25


Genomics and Heatlh Impact Blog

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Feeling the genomic pulse of the United States

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  • 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.


Family Health History

All in the family, Sign On San Diego, June 21

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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

Policy statement on folic acid and neural tube defects
Toriello HV, et al. Genet Med 2011 Jun 13(6):593-596

Personal genome testing: Test characteristics to clarify the discourse on ethical, legal and societal issues
Bunnik EM, et al. BMC Med Ethics 2011 Jun;12(1):11

Practical ethics: establishing a pathway to benefit for complex pharmacogenomic tests
Haga SB & Burke W Clin Pharmacol Ther 2011 Jul;90(1):25-7

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Data and Statistics

Comprehensive Field Synopsis and Systematic Meta-analyses of Genetic Association Studies in Cutaneous Melanoma
Foteini Chatzinasiou, Christina M. Lill, Katerina Kypreou, et al. J Natl Cancer Inst (2011) Jun 21

BRAF mutations in hairy-cell leukemia.
Tiacci E, Trifonov V, Schiavoni G, et al. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 16;364(24):2305-15.

For this week's 176 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

Enhanced detection of infectious airborne influenza virus
Blachere FM, Cao G, Lindsley WG, Noti JD, Beezhold DH. J Virol Methods. 2011 Jun 1.

Genetic characterization of measles vaccine strains
Bankamp B, Takeda M, Zhang Y, Xu W, Rota PA. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;204 Suppl 1:S533-48.

Global distribution of measles genotypes and measles molecular epidemiology
Rota PA, Brown K, Mankertz A, Santibanez S, Shulga S, Muller CP, Hubschen JM, Siqueira M, Beirnes J, Ahmed H, Triki H, Al-Busaidy S, Dosseh A, Byabamazima C, Smit S, Akoua-Koffi C, Bwogi J, Bukenya H, Wairagkar N, Ramamurty N, Incomserb P, Pattamadilok S, Jee Y, Lim W, Xu W, Komase K, Takeda M, Tran T, Castillo-Solorzano C, Chenoweth P, Brown D, Mulders MN, Bellini WJ, Featherstone D. J Infect Dis. 2011 Jul;204 Suppl 1:S514-23.

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Let's Go Surfing

Whole-genome sequencing for optimized patient management.
Bainbridge MN, Wiszniewski W, Murdock DR, et al. Sci Transl Med. 2011 Jun 15;3(87):87re3.

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Events and Training

Genetic Toxicology

AACC Annual Meeting 2011

Design and Analysis of Genetic-based Association Studies

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