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Volume 32   Number 8   February 27 - March 6, 2014Previous Issue  About the Update

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Select Events

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Facing Our Risk Empowered (FORCE) annual conference, June 12-14, 2014, Philadelphia, PA

1000 Genomes Project and Beyond,  June 24-26, 2014, Cambridge, UK

22nd World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, October 12-16, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Reports and Publications

Family History

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Family health history data collection in Connecticut, [PDF 341.67 KB] Department of Public Health Connecticut, February 2014

Newborn Screening

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Public views on participating in newborn screening using genome sequencing
Bombard Y, et al. Eur J Hum Genet 2014 Feb

What happens if my child receives a diagnosis through newborn screening? By Rachael Salley and Anna Eames, Genes in life blog post, Feb 20

Reproductive Health

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DNA sequencing versus standard prenatal aneuploidy screening
Bianchi D,et al. New England Journal of Medcine 2014 Mar 5

Screening for trisomies in circulating DNA
Greene M, et al. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:874-875 Feb 27

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems, by Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Boston Globe, Feb 26

Test is improved predictor of fetal disorders, by Pam Belluck, The New York Times Well Blog, Feb 26

Sequencing improves rates of prenatal diagnosis, by Keren Carss, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Blog, Feb 21

Public Health Sciences

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A novel diagnostic approach may reduce inappropriate antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy. March 2014, Vol. 12, No. 3 , Pages 279-282

Estimating genome-wide significance for whole-genome sequencing studies
ChangJiang Xu, et al. Genetic Epidemiology, January 2014

Genome-wide association study of metabolic traits reveals novel gene-metabolite-disease links.
Rico Rueedi et al. PloS Genetics, February 20, 2014

Good practice guidelines for biomarker discovery from array data: a case study for breast cancer prognosis
Cheng J, et al. BMC Syst Biol 2013;7 Suppl 4:S2

Living systematic reviews: An emerging opportunity to narrow the evidence-practice gap
Elliott J, et al. PLoS Med 11(2): e1001603.

Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity.
Christina Warinner et al. Nature Genetics, February 23, 2014 

Whole-genome haplotyping using long reads and statistical methods.
Volodymyr Kuleshov et al. Nature Biotechnology, February 23, 2014

Reviews, News & Commentaries

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Demystifying disease, democratizing health care
Leroy Hood, et al. Sci Transl Med 26 February 2014: Vol. 6, Issue 225, p. 225ed5

Finding the role of health care in population health
Eggleston E, et al. JAMA. 2014;311(8):797-798.

Genetic screening: the voices that need to be heard, by Anna Middleton, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Blog, Feb 24

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in human genetic disease.
Christian P. Schaaf, Genetics in Medicine, February 20, 2014

Genetic privacy and right to know in the whole-genome era, Mass Genomics, Feb 27

How well did you sequence that genome?' NIST, consortium partners have answer, from NIST Tech Beast, Feb 25

Welcome to the $1,000 genome, Biome, Feb 25

Targeted RNA sequencing approaches, by Dale Yuzuki, Feb 24

A sunset for draft genomes? Omic Omic Blog, Feb 24

Reductionism! Determinism! Straw-man-ism!  By Kevin Mitchell, Wiring the Brain, Feb 23

Is genetic testing humans playing God?  By Robert Klitzman, CNN Feb 22

Personalized cancer treatment, from just a blood sample, by Lauren Gravitz, Discovery Magazine, Feb 21

Exon Skipping: Borrowing from Nature to Treat Rare Genetic Diseases, by Ricki Lewis, PLoS Blogs, Feb 20

Challenges and solutions for genomics in the age of big data, by Daniel Gutierrez, Inside Big Data, Feb 19

Making up “persons” in personalized medicine with metabolomics, by Nadine Levin, Somatosphere blog, Feb 19

Mining big data is more than just digging a hole, by John Pitsikoulis, ICD10 Monitor , Feb 18

Tools and Databases

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The HuGENavigator database now has almost 90K publications including ~2750 genomewide association studies & > 5500 meta analyses
The GAPP Finder of the GAPPKb database now has 547 genomic tests that have been suggested for use in clinical research and practice. Check it out

The Cancer Genomics and Epidemiology Navigator provides regularly updated linked information on NCI-funded cancer epidemiology & genomics research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and evidence-based cancer genomic tests

CGPredictor: a systematic integrated analytic tool for mining and examining genome-scale cancer independent prognostic epigenetic marker panels
Cheng WS & Chiang JH BMC Syst Biol 2013;7 Suppl 6:S10

VAMPS: a website for visualization and analysis of microbial population structures
Huse S, et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2014, 15:41

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

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CDC authors are indicated in bold

Deep sequencing of viral genomes provides insight into the evolution and pathogenesis of varicella zoster virus and its vaccine in humans
Depledge DP, Kundu S, Jensen NJ, Gray ER, Jones M, Steinberg S, Gershon A, Kinchington PR, Schmid DS, Balloux F, Nichols RA, Breuer J. Mol Biol Evol. 2014 Feb;31(2):397-409.

Evaluation of automated and manual DNA purification methods for detecting Ricinus communis DNA during ricin investigations
Hutchins AS, Astwood MJ, Saah JR, Michel PA, Newton BR, Dauphin LA. Forensic Sci Int. 2014 Mar;236C:10-15.

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