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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 22, 2011       Volume 27   Number 12


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New blog: Genomics in public health preparedness: Chance favors the prepared mind



Genomic Tests

For more information on genomic applications in practice and prevention, please visit the GAPP Finder in the GAPP Knowledge Base and PLoS Currents Evidence on Genomic Tests.

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Family Health History

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Practice and Programs

International approaches to rare diseases, PHG Foundation, September 19

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Policy and Legislation

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Public Health Science

Pharmacogenomic Prediction of Anthracycline-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Children.
Visscher H, Ross CJ, Rassekh SR, et  al. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Sep 9.

Genome-wide association study identifies five new schizophrenia loci.
Schizophrenia Psychiatric Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) Consortium, et al.  Nat Genet. 2011 Sep 18.

Large-scale genome-wide association analysis of bipolar disorder identifies a new susceptibility locus near ODZ4
Psychiatric GWAS Consortium Bipolar Disorder Working Group, et al.  Nat Genet. 2011 Sep 18.

Gene therapy may restore vision in LCA, Medscape, September 15

Phased Whole-Genome Genetic Risk in a Family Quartet Using a Major Allele Reference Sequence.
Dewey FE, Chen R, Cordero SP, Ormond KE, et al. .PLoS Genet 7(9): e1002280

228 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

Characterization of Helicobacter pylori cagA and vacA genotypes among Alaskans and their correlation with clinical disease
Miernyk K, Morris J, Bruden D, McMahon B, Hurlburt D, Sacco F, Parkinson A, Hennessy T, Bruce M. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Sep;49(9):3114-21.

Convergent genomic studies identify association of GRIK2 and NPAS2 with chronic fatigue syndrome
Smith AK, Fang H, Whistler T, Unger ER, Rajeevan MS. Neuropsychobiology. 2011 ;64(4):183-94.

Identification of Leishmania spp. by molecular amplification and DNA sequencing analysis of a fragment of rRNA internal transcribed spacer 2
de Almeida ME, Steurer FJ, Koru O, Herwaldt BL, Pieniazek NJ, da Silva AJ. J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Sep;49(9):3143-9.

Multi-locus variable number tandem repeat analysis for investigation of the genetic association of Clostridium difficile isolates from food, food animals and humans
Marsh JW, Tulenko MM, Shutt KA, Thompson AD, Weese JS, Songer JG, Limbago BM, Harrison LH. Anaerobe. 2011 Aug;17(4):156-60.

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Let's Go Surfing

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Events and Training

International Conference on Developmental, Translational and Clinical Pharmacogenomics

12th International Congress of Human Genetics

NSGC 2011 Annual Education Conference

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