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Volume 32   Number 6   February 13-20, 2014About the Update

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Select Events

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Prenatal Molecular Diagnostics Europe Conference
May 12-13 ~ Lisbon, Portugal

The fifth Beyond the Genome conference will be hosted by Genome Medicine and Genome Biology at Havard Medical School, Boston, USA 8-10 October 2014.

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Reports and Publications

Ethics, Policy and Law

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Employer alert: Under GINA, family medical history is genetic information, by Joan Farrell, HR and Employment Law News, Febr 11

23andMe and the FDA
George J. Annas et al . New England Journal of Medicine 2014 Feb 12

Family History

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Familial clustering of Type 2 diabetes among Omanis
Al-Sinani S, et al. Oman Med J 2014 Jan;29(1):51-4

Providing patient education: impact on quantity and quality of family health history collection
Beadles CA, et al. Fam Cancer 2014 Feb

Family trees, by Chaya Murali, Baylor College of Medicine, Feb 6

Guidelines and Recommendations

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Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Draft Recommendation Statement, January 2014


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Pharmacogenetics in the cancer clinic: from candidate gene studies to next generation sequencing. 
Henk-Jan Guchelaar et al. Clin Pharma and Therapeutics, January 2014

Genetic risk factors for major bleeding in warfarin patients in a community setting.
Joshua A. Roth et al, Clin Pharma Therapeutics, February 2014

Reproductive testing

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New method detects genetic defects in egg cells
Tracy Hampton JAMA. 2014;311(5):456.

Reviews & Commentaries on Science & Technology

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The genetics of major depression.
J Flint et al. Neuron, Feb 2014

Why we should care about what we get for “only $99” from a personal genomic service
Michael F. Murray, MD Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb 11

More on well-posed questions and how to ask them, by Ken Weiss, The Mermaids Tale, Feb 12

Scientific method: Statistical errors, Regina Nuzzo, Nature News, Feb12

Medicine gets up close and personal, by W. Wayt Gibbs, Nature News, Feb 11

A blood test hits the market that could replace the biopsy — and just might save lives, Recode, Feb 11

The well-posed problem problem, by Anne Buchanan, The Mermaids Tale, Feb 11

There is no such thing as biomedical "Big Data", by Stephen Turner, Getting Genetics Done Blog, Feb 11

Is big data already outpacing health IT? Government Health IT, Feb 11

Free diagnostic exome sequencing for US rare disease patients, Genome Web, Feb 10

Editing the human genome one letter at a time, GEN News Highlights, Feb 10

Genomic testing paves way for personalised medicine, The Herald Sun, Feb 10

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. and this may be the future of medicine, The Guardian, Feb 8

Multi-tasking DNA: Dual-use codons in the human genome, by Kris A. Wetterstrand, M.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, Feb 6

The gene sequencing future is here, by Beth Mole, Science News, Feb 6

The nation's fastest-growing occupations include genetic counseling (number 9). Carrie Taylor, Houston’s Chronicle, Feb 5

The undiscovered chromosome, Genome Unzipped, Feb 5

Utah poll shows Americans still wary of genetic testing for cancer, The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 5

Disruptive technologies in medicine: Preparing medical students for the future! By Bertalan Meskó ,Science Roll, Feb 4

Black death left a mark on human genome, by Elizabeth Pennisi, Science Now, Feb 3  

Disease gene finding solves international medical mystery, by Glenna Picton,Baylor College of Medicine News, Jan 23

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

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CDC authors are indicated in bold

Multiple reassortment events among highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) viruses detected in Bangladesh.
Gerloff NA, Khan SU, Balish A, Shanta IS, Simpson N, Berman L, Haider N, Poh MK, Islam A, Gurley E, Hasnat MA, Dey T, Shu B, Emery S, Lindstrom S, Haque A, Klimov A, Villanueva J, Rahman M, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Ziaur Rahman M, Luby SP, Zeidner N, Donis RO, Sturm-Ramirez K, Davis CT. Virology. 2014 Feb;450-451:297-307.

De novo assembly of a field isolate genome reveals novel Plasmodium vivax erythrocyte invasion genes
Hester J, Chan ER, Menard D, Mercereau-Puijalon O, Barnwell J, Zimmerman PA, Serre D. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Dec;7(12):e2569.

Development of a Genomic DNA Reference Material Panel for Rett Syndrome (MECP2-Related Disorders) Genetic Testing.
Kalman LV, Tarleton JC, Percy AK, Aradhya S, Bale S, Barker SD, Bayrak-Toydemir P, Bridges C, Buller-Burckle AM, Das S, Iyer RK, Vo TD, Zvereff VV, Toji LH. J Mol Diagn. 2014 Feb 1. pii: S1525-1578(13)00258-4.

The CDC Hemophilia B mutation project mutation list: a new online resource.
Li T, Miller CH, Payne AB, Craig Hooper W. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2013 Nov;1(4):238-45.

Genotypes and virulence characteristics of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104 strains from different origins and sources
Miko A, Delannoy S, Fach P, Strockbine NA, Lindstedt BA, Mariani-Kurkdjian P, Reetz J, Beutin L. Int J Med Microbiol. 2013 Dec;303(8):410-21.

A cancer genetics toolkit improves access to genetic services through documentation and use of the family history by primary-care clinicians
Scheuner MT, Hamilton AB, Peredo J, Sale TJ, Austin C, Gilman SC, Bowen MS, Goldzweig CL, Lee M, Mittman BS, Yano EM. Genet Med. 2014 Jan;16(1):60-9.

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