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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 29, 2011       Volume 27   Number 13


Miilion Hearts

Blog post"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

Who should have genetic testing for maturity-onset diabetes of the young? Medscape, September 22 [by free subscription only]

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Policy and Legislation

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Public Health Science

Genomewide Association between GLCCI1 and Response to Glucocorticoid Therapy in Asthma
Tantisira K, Lasky-Su J, Harada M, et al.  New England Journal of Medicine 2011 Sep 26

Somatic SF3B1 Mutation in Myelodysplasia with Ring Sideroblasts
Papaemmanuil E, Cazzola M, Boultwood J, et al. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011

New discoveries in genetics of lung health, EurekAlert, September 25

An Iron Regulatory Gene Signature Predicts Outcome in Breast Cancer.
Miller LD, Coffman LG, Chou JW, et al. Cancer Res. 2011 Aug 29.


201 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

Influence of familial risk on diabetes risk-reducing behaviors among U.S. adults without diabetes
Chang MH, Valdez R, Ned RM, Liu T, Yang Q, Yesupriya A, Dowling NF, Meigs JB, Bowen MS, Khoury MJ. Diabetes Care. 2011 Sep 20.

Molecular identification and distribution of Cryptosporidium and Giardia duodenalis in raw urban wastewater in Harbin, China
Liu A, Ji H, Wang E, Liu J, Xiao L, Shen Y, Li Y, Zhang W, Ling H. Parasitol Res. 2011 Sep;109(3):913-8.

Prevalence of drug resistance-related polymorphisms in treatment-naive individuals infected with non-subtype B HIV-1 in Cameroon
Fonjungo PN, Youngpairoj AS, Alemnji GA, Eno LT, Lyonga EJ, Eloundou MA, Shanmugam V, Mpoudi-Ngole E, Kalish ML, Folks TM, Pieniazek D. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2011 Sep 18.

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Let's Go Surfing

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Events and Training

US Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products

2011 Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium

Predictive Genetic Testing, Risk Communication and Risk Perception

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The CDC Office of Public Health Genomics makes available the above information as a public service only. The items in the update come from news articles and scientific articles and abstracts published during the past week. The headlines and lead sentences are exactly as they appear & do not necessarily reflect the opinions, recommendations, or endorsement by the CDC.  Note that some links may become invalid over time.


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