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Genomics & Health Impact Update

Volume 31   Number 17   October 31 - November 7, 2013About the Update


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Reports and Publications

Ethics, Policy and Law

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Informed consent for return of incidental findings in genomic research.
Paul S. Appelbaum et al. Genetics in Medicine, Oct 24

New FDA Report, October 2013- Paving the Way for Personalized Medicine [PDF 854.45 KB] FDA's Role in a New Era of Medical Product Development

Family History

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22-year longitudinal study of repetitive colonoscopy in patients with a family history of colorectal cancer
Randall JK, et al. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2013 Nov;95(8):586-90

Digital family histories for data mining
Hoyt R, et al. Perspect Health Inf Manag 2013;10:1a

Family history tools for primary care are not ready yet to be implemented. A systematic review
de Hoog CL, et al. Eur J Gen Pract 2013 Oct

Reviews & Commentaries on Science & Technology

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A century after Fisher: time for a new paradigm in quantitative genetics.
Ronald M. Nelson et al. Trends in Genetics, October 24

Genome hacker uncovers largest-ever family tree- Gigantic genealogy linking 13 million people sheds light on how genes influence complex traits.
Heidi Ledford, Nature 28 October 2013

Are we there yet or do strange things about life require new thinking? The Mermaid's Tale, Oct 30

Guest post: Human genetics is microbial genomics, Genome Unzipped, Oct 30

This just in: genes 'for' disease might be an outdated concept! Mermaid Blog, posted by Anne Buchanan, Oct 29

Before Angelina: Portraits of breast cancer previvors and survivors, Time, Oct. 28

NIH Research Matters: Scientists recode organism’s genome, Oct 28

NIH scientists identify a new immunodeficiency disease condition may be treatable with anti-rejection drug, Oct 28

Genetics’ rite of passage- Find a gene, slap high-fives around the lab, publish to huzzahs, and then … uh-oh, by David Dobbs, Slate, Oct 27 

Why the U.K. wants a genomic national health service- The U.K. plans to sequence 100,000 National Health Service patients by 2017—in a bold push to be a genomic medicine leader. Susan Young, MIT Reviews, Oct 25

Researchers spar over tests for breast cancer risks, Science Insider, Oct 24

Transcription and epigenetics.
Alex Eccleston et al, Nature, October 23

Decoding a genomic revolution: TedMed Video by Manolis Kellis, October 2013

Emerging themes from the American Society of Human Genetics 2013

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

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Molecular characterization of ambiguous mutations in HIV-1 polymerase gene: Implications for monitoring HIV infection status and drug resistance.
Zheng DP, Rodrigues M, Bile E, Nguyen DB, Diallo K, Devos JR, Nkengasong JN, Yang C. PLoS One. 2013 Oct 17;8(10):e77649.

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