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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 30, 2011       Volume 26   Number 26


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CDC has issued a Request for Information [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.



Genomic Tests

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

Genetic variation near IRS1 associates with reduced adiposity and an impaired metabolic profile
Ruth J F Loos, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, M Carola Zillikens, et al. Nature Genetics (2011)

Exome Sequencing of Ion Channel Genes Reveals Complex Profiles Confounding Personal Risk Assessment in Epilepsy
Tara Klassen, Caleb Davis, Alica Goldman, Dan Burgess, et al. Cell 145(7):1036-1048

MHC region and risk of systemic lupus erythematosus in African American women.
Ruiz-Narvaez, Fraser PA, Palmer JR, et al.  Human Genetics 2011 Jun 22

Characterisation of the Escherichia coli strain associated with an outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome in Germany, 2011: a microbiological study.
Martina Bielaszewska, Alexander Mellmann, Wenlan Zhang, et al. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 23 June 2011

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

A multiplex real-time PCR assay for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and associated toxin genes
Fosheim G, Nicholson A, Albrecht V, Limbago B. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Jun 22.

Azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from the ARTEMIS global surveillance is primarily due to the TR/L98H mutation in the cyp51A gene
Lockhart SR, Frade JP, Etienne KA, Pfaller MA, Diekema DJ, Balajee SA. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2011 Jun 20.

Characterization and allelic polymorphisms of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) IgG Fc receptor genes
Nguyen DC, Scinicariello F, Attanasio R. Immunogenetics. 2011 Jun;63(6):351-62.

Genetic variability, phylogenetic relationships and gene flow in Triatoma infestans dark morphs from the Argentinean Chaco
Piccinali RV, Marcet PL, Ceballos LA, Kitron U, Gurtler RE, Dotson EM. Infect Genet Evol. 2011 Jul;11(5):895-903.

Low-risk human papillomavirus testing and other nonrecommended human papillomavirus testing practices among U.S. health care providers
Lee JW, Berkowitz Z, Saraiya M. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Jul;118(1):4-13.

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus revisited: an evolutionary retrospective
Christman MC, Kedwaii A, Xu J, Donis RO, Lu G. Infect Genet Evol. 2011 Jul;11(5):803-11.

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Let's Go Surfing

A probabilistic disease-gene finder for personal genomes
Yandell M, Huff CD, Hu H, et al. Genome Res. 2011 Jun 23.

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Events and Training

GEM'11 - The 2011 International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods

5th National Molecular Biology and Genetics Student Congress

Epigenomics of Common Diseases

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