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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.

Monday, July 2, 2012       Volume 29   Number 1


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Happy 4th of July

Take the opportunity to gather your family health history with your loved ones this holiday


Genomic Pulse

  • Over a million people in the U.S. are predisposed to serious health problems and premature death due to Lynch syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, or BRCA-associated hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  For each affected person found, many at-risk relatives could be identified who could benefit from evidence-based interventions to improve their health. To find out more about tier 1 genomic applications, please click here

Tweets of the Week:


Topics of the Week


Cardiovascular Disease

Genetic Testing in Practice

Newborn Screening

Public Health Sciences


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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

CDC authors are indicated in bold

Genetic characterization of Cryptosporidium spp. in diarrhoeic children from four provinces in South Africa
Abu Samra N, Thompson PN, Jori F, Frean J, Poonsamy B, du Plessis D, Mogoye B, Xiao L. Zoonoses Public Health. 2012 Jun 20.

Nocardia amikacinitolerans sp. nov., an amikacin-resistant human pathogen
Ezeoke I, Klenk HP, Potter G, Schumann P, Moser BD, Lasker BA, Nicholson A, Brown JM. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2012 Jun 15.

Cancer in children with nonchromosomal birth defects
Fisher PG, Reynolds P, Von Behren J, Carmichael SL, Rasmussen SA, Shaw GM. J Pediatr. 2012 Jun;160(6):978-83.

Differential association of gene content polymorphisms of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors with placental malaria in HIV- and HIV+ mothers
Omosun YO, Blackstock AJ, Gatei W, Hightower A, van Eijk AM, Ayisi J, Otieno J, Lal RB, Steketee R, Nahlen B, Ter Kuile FO, Slutsker L, Shi YP. PLoS One. 2012 ;7(6):e38617.

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