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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, March 15, 2012       Volume 28   Number 11

Highlights of the Week:


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New Blog Post: The public health approach to genetic testing in the 21st century: Saving lives and saving unnecessary healthcare costs


Genomic Pulse

  • Between September 1, 2009 and  March 15, 2012, The CDC has tracked 419 new genomic tests that are been proposed for use in clinical practice. To find out more, visit the GAPP Finder page.

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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Family Health History

A Family History Health Quiz, The Dr Oz Show, March 7

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Practice and Programs

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: What Are We Talking About?
Weaver M & Pollin TI J Genet Couns 2012 Mar

Managing the Breast in Patients Who Test Positive for Hereditary Breast Cancer
Euhus D Ann Surg Oncol 2012 Mar

Personalized Medicine: Challenge and Promise
Kaur JS & Petereit DG J Cancer Educ 2012 Mar

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Policy and Legislation

Opinion: On the gene patent debate, The Scientist, March 7

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Public Health Science

A randomized trial of genetic information for personalized nutrition
Nielsen DE & El-Sohemy A Genes Nutr 2012 Mar

Association of Age at Diagnosis and Genetic Mutations in Patients With Neuroblastoma
Cheung N, Zhang J, Lu C, et al. JAMA 2012;307(10):1062-1071

194 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

Relevance, pathogenesis, and testing algorithm for mismatch repair-defective colorectal carcinomas: a report of the association for molecular pathology.
Funkhouser WK Jr, Lubin IM, Monzon FA, Zehnbauer BA, Evans JP, Ogino S, Nowak JA. J Mol Diagn. 2012 Mar;14(2):91-103.

Using genotyping and geospatial scanning to estimate recent Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission, United States
Moonan PK, Ghosh S, Oeltmann JE, Kammerer JS, Cowan LS, Navin TR. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;18(3):458-65.

Using PCR-based detection and genotyping to trace Streptococcus salivarius meningitis outbreak strain to oral flora of radiology physician assistant
Srinivasan V, Gertz RE, Shewmaker PL, Patrick S, Chitnis AS, O'Connell H, Benowitz I, Patel P, Guh AY, Noble-Wang J, Turabelidze G, Beall B. PLoS One. 2012 ;7(2):e32169.

View previous CDC-authored publications

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Let's Go Surfing

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Events and Training

4th International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Theory to Practice
April 25-27 ~ Montréal, Canada

Evolution in the genome era
May 7-9 ~ Venice, Italy

Genetic Analysis of Complex Human Diseases
May 21-24 ~ Miami Beach, FL

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