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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, September 8, 2011       Volume 27   Number 10


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Family Health History

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Practice and Programs

Personalized medicine and tobacco-related health disparities: is there a role for genetics?
Carlsten C, Halperin A, Crouch J, Burke W. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;9(4):366-71.

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Policy and Legislation

Analysis of informed consent document utilization in a minimal-risk genetic study
Desch K, et al. Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep;155(5):316-22

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Public Health Science

146 human genome epidemiology articles have recently been added, please visit the HuGE Literature Finder in the HuGE Navigator.

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Let's Go Surfing

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Reliable or Risky?
Spencer DH, et al. Clin Chem 2011 Sep

Pharmacogenetics: Call to Action
Relling MV, et al. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2011 Aug

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Events and Training

Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Medicine 2011

Advances in Breast Cancer Research: Genetics, Biology, and Clinical Applications

Translation of the Cancer Genome: Scientific, Clinical, and Operational Challenges

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