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Published by the Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG), the Update includes CDC announcements, publications, blogs and other products. The Update also includes links to genomics and health impact news and publications. The Update features genomic tests, family history, programs and practice, policy and legislation and public health science.  To receive this update electronically every week sign-up here.

Thursday, April 26, 2012       Volume 28   Number 17

Highlights of the Week:


three generations of woman

New Blog Post: Smokescreen...Never Let Genetics Blind You to the Harsh Reality of Cigarettes


Genomic Pulse

  • 32% of primary care physicians surveyed in the United States have diagnosed, treated, or referred a patient with genetic primary immunodeficiency disorder in the last 5 years. To find out more, click here

Picks of the Week

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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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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

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Public Health Science

240 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

Dried blood spot specimens are a suitable alternative sample type for HIV-1 viral load measurement and drug resistance genotyping in patients receiving first-line antiretroviral therapy
Rottinghaus EK, Ugbena R, Diallo K, Bassey O, Azeez A, Devos J, Zhang G, Aberle-Grasse J, Nkengasong J, Yang C. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Apr;54(8):1187-95.

Evidence-based path to newborn screening for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Mendell JR, Shilling C, Leslie ND, Flanigan KM, Al-Dahhak R, Gastier-Foster J, Kneile K, Dunn DM, Duval B, Aoyagi A, Hamil C, Mahmoud M, Roush K, Bird L, Rankin C, Lilly H, Street N, Chandrasekar R, Weiss RB. Ann Neurol. 2012 Mar;71(3):304-13.

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Let's Go Surfing

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for addiction susceptibility: a premature commercialisation of doubtful validity and value
Mathews R, et al. Addiction 2012 Apr

Genetic testing registry launched.
Horn EJ, Terry SF. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2012 Apr;16(4):227-8.

National prescription for drug development
Wadman M. Nat Biotechnol. 2012 Apr 10;30(4):309-12.

Synthetic genetic polymers capable of heredity and evolution.
Pinheiro VB, Taylor AI, Cozens C, et al. Science. 2012 Apr 20;336(6079):341-4.

New synthetic genetic material XNA unveiled, PHG Foundation, April 23

Researchers make alternatives to DNA and RNA, The Los Angeles Times, April 20

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Events and Training

Providing Newborn Screening Specimens for Research: Legal Issues Faced by State Health Departments Webinar Series

Basic Workshop - Validation of diagnostic tests in clinical molecular genetics
May 31 - June 1 ~ Valencia, Spain

The Clinical Genome Conference
June 12-13 ~ San Francisco, CA

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