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Published by the Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG), the Update offers links to genomics news and publications relevant to population health and health care. The Update highlights family health history and genomic tests, along with relevant data, policy, and legislation. Please send your comments to:

Thursday, January 26, 2012       Volume 28   Number 4


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The 23rd Meeting of the EGAPP Working Group will be held in Atlanta on January 30-31st, 2012. The Working Group will be welcoming four new members: Dr. Jonathan Berg, Dr. Cecile Janssens, Dr. Marc Williams, and Dr. Doris Zallen.
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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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Family Health History

The family tree, News Times, January 24

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Practice and Programs

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Policy and Legislation

Charting ELSI's future course: lessons from the recent past
Walker RL & Morrissey C Genet Med 2012 Jan

The role of disease characteristics in the ethical debate on personal genome testing
Bunnik EM, et al. BMC Med Genomics 2012 Jan;5(1):4

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Public Health Science

Genes may help brains age better, PHG Foundation, January 24

Life-long intelligence in the genes, Nature News, January 24

Cardiometabolic risk and the MTHFR C677T variant in children treated with second-generation antipsychotics
Devlin A, Ngai Y, Ronsley R, et al. Translational Psychiatry (2012) 2, e71

Discovery of common variants associated with low TSH levels and thyroid cancer risk.
Gudmundsson J, Sulem P, Gudbjartsson DF, et al. Nat Genet. 2012 Jan 22.

Decode-led team tracks down thyroid cancer related variants, Genome Web, January 23 [by free subscription only]

Genome-wide association analysis identifies three new breast cancer susceptibility loci.
Ghoussaini M, Fletcher O, Michailidou K, et al. Nat Genet. 2012 Jan 22.

Large analysis leads to three new breast cancer risk loci, Genome Web, January 23 [by free subscription only]

Genetic Signatures of Exceptional Longevity in Humans
Sebastiani P, Solovieff N, DeWan AT, Walsh KM, Puca A, et al. (2012) PLoS ONE 7(1): e29848.

20 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

Neuraminidase H275Y and hemagglutinin D222G mutations in a fatal case of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection
Devries A, Wotton J, Lees C, Boxrud D, Uyeki T, Lynfield R.
Influenza Other Respi Viruses. 2012 Jan 14.

Pertussis pseudo-outbreak linked to specimens contaminated by Bordetella pertussis DNA from clinic surfaces
Mandal S, Tatti KM, Woods-Stout D, Cassiday PK, Faulkner AE, Griffith MM, Jackson ML, Pawloski LC, Wagner B, Barnes M, Cohn AC, Gershman KA, Messonnier NE, Clark TA, Tondella ML, Martin SW.
Pediatrics. 2012 Jan 16.

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Let's Go Surfing


It's Time for Gene Therapy to Get Disruptive!
Wilson JM. Hum Gene Ther. 2012 Jan;23(1):1-3.

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Events and Training


Gene Silencing by Small RNAs
February 7-12 ~ Vancouver, Canada

US HUPO from genes to function
March 4-7 ~ San Francisco, CA

Biomarker Summmit 2012
March 15-16 ~ San Diego, CA

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