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Volume 33  Number 1  July 2-15, 2014About the Update


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Reports and Publications


Doctor Explaining Diagnosis To Her Female Patient

A BRCA1-mutation associated DNA methylation signature in blood cells predicts sporadic breast cancer incidence and survival
Shahzia Anjum e al. Genome Medicine, June 27, 2014

Assessing the clinical utility of cancer genomic and proteomic data across tumor types
Yuan Y, et al. Nature Biotechnology (2014) doi:10.1038/nbt.2940 Jun 22

Analysis of TCGA samples finds molecular data adds little predictive power to clinical models, Genome Web, Jun 27 [by free subscription only]

Familial transmission of prostate, breast and colorectal cancer in adoptees is related to cancer in biological but not in adoptive parents: A nationwide family study.
Zöller B, et al. Eur J Cancer. 2014 Jun 18. pii: S0959-8049(14)00717-5.

Family history is 'a bigger risk factor than lifestyle' for some cancers, Medical News Today, Jun 30

Genomic testing in cancer: Patient knowledge, attitudes, and expectations
Blanchette PS, et al. Cancer 2014 Jun

Interest of UGT1A1 genotyping within digestive cancers treatment by irinotecan
Boyer JC, et al. Bull Cancer 2014 Jun;101(6):533-53

Mechanisms underlying mutational signatures in human cancers
Helleday T, et al. Nature Reviews Genetics (2014) July 1

Ordering of mutations in preinvasive disease stages of esophageal carcinogenesis.
Weaver JM, et al. Nat Genet. 2014 Jun 22.

Genetic test could 'hugely improve' prognosis for esophageal cancer, Medical News Today, Jul 1

Perceptions of prostate cancer screening controversy and informed decision making: Implications for development of a targeted decision aid for unaffected male first-degree relatives
Gwede CK, et al. Am J Health Promot 2014 Jun

The correlation of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)/American Thoracic Society (ATS)/European Respiratory Society (ERS) classification with prognosis and EGFR mutation in lung adenocarcinoma
Yanagawa N, et al. Ann Thorac Surg 2014 Jun

A new test to predict breast cancer risk, by Kam Marwaha, Biomed Central Blog, Jun 27

Ethics, Policy & Law

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'Cool! and creepy': engaging with college student stakeholders in Michigan's biobank.
Platt T, et al. J Community Genet. 2014 Jun 12.

Privacy preserving protocol for detecting genetic relatives using rare variants
Hormozdiari F, et al. Bioinformatics (2014)   30  (12):  i204-i211.

UCLA team develops protocol for securely sharing whole-genome sequence data, Genome Web, Jun 27 [by free subscription only]

Infectious Diseases

Newborn Screening

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Expanded newborn screening in New South Wales: missed cases
Estrella J, et al. J Inherit Metab Dis 2014 Jun

NJ newborns now screened for severe combined immunodeficiency, State of New Jersey, Department of Health, Jun 30

In 2025, everyone will get DNA mapped at birth, Time, Jun 30


a pharmacist helping a woman

Opening Pandora's box in the UK: a hypothetical pharmacogenetic test for clozapine
Spencer BW, et al. Pharmacogenomics 2013 Nov;14(15):1907-14

Reviews, News & Commentaries

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Science-ready — enabling public health research during disasters, by Paula Whitacre, NIEHS Environmental Factor, July 2014

The hunt for a new human reference genome, by Aaron Krol, BIoIT World, Jun 30

NIH Research Matters:  Molecular insights into a target for multidrug resistance, NIH, Jun 30

NIH Research Matters: Rare mutations reduce heart disease risk, NIH, Jun 30

UK project to sequence 1,500 genomes in search of genes involved in ALS, Genome Web, Jun 30 [by free subscription only]

Why genomic medicine needs bioinformaticians? PHG Foundation, Jun 30

Defining the role of the bioinformatician, by Sobia Raza, PHG Foundation, Jun 2014 

The critical need for computational intelligence in human genetics, Jason Moore, Computing Reviews (2013)

Liberating data to transform health care:  New York’s open data experience
Erika G. Martin, et al. JAMA, June 25, 2014

What is genome sequencing and could it possibly change your life?  by Greg Hurst / KHOU 11 News, Jun 27

Genetic studies in isolated populations: Greenland, by Dan Koboldt, Massgenomics Blog,  Jun 27

A CRISPR way to fix faulty genes, NPR, Jun 26

ATCC, CDC, Life Tech Partner to bring HIV genotyping kit to resource-poor countries, Genome Web, Jun 26  [by free subscription only]

The triumph of genomic medicine is just beginning, by Vivek Wadhwa, Digital Health Living, Jun 24

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CDC-Authored Genomics Publications

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CDC authors are indicated in bold

Deriving group A Streptococcus typing information from short-read whole-genome sequencing data
Athey TB, Teatero S, Li A, Marchand-Austin A, Beall BW, Fittipaldi N. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jun;52(6):1871-6.

Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae bloodstream infections at an outpatient chemotherapy center.
Dobbs TE, Guh AY, Oakes P, Vince MJ, Forbi JC, Jensen B, Moulton-Meissner H, Byers P. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jul;42(7):731-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.03.007.

Challenges of using molecular serotyping for pneumococcal disease surveillance.
Magomani V, Wolter N, Tempia S, du Plessis M, de Gouveia L, von Gottberg A. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jun 23. pii: JCM.01061-14.

Phylogeography of Rickettsia rickettsii genotypes associated with fatal rocky mountain spotted fever.
Paddock CD, Dension AM, Lash RR, Liu L, Batten BC, Dahlgren FS, Kanamura CT, Angerami RN, Pereira Dos Santos FC, Brasil Martines R, Karpathy SE Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Jun 23. pii: 14-0146.

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