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Genomics in Practice
Genomics in Practice Fact Sheet for Health Professionals
Genetic Testing
More than 950 genetic tests are currently available for clinical testing and most are used for diagnosis of rare single-gene disorders or chromosome abnormalities, with a few being used for newborn screening. However, a growing number of genetic tests may have population-based applications, which includes determining the risk of developing a disease or condition in the future (e.g., predictive testing for breast cancer or cardiovascular disease), and recognizing genetic variations that can influence response to medicines (pharmacogenomics).

Genomic Centers

In September, 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded funding to Schools of Public Health at the University of Michigan and the University of Washington to continue the work of their Centers for Genomics and Public Health in addressing the integration of genomics into public health and clinical practice.

State/Local PH

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) established cooperative agreements with state health departments in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon and Utah to strengthen programs for genomics and chronic disease prevention. The purpose of this project is to assist states in developing or expanding capacity for genomics leadership and to promote coordination.
Training Resources & Tools

A list of available books, educational materials, on-line presentations, and training tools designed to assist public health professionals and educators integrate genomics into public health practice.

Page last updated: December 11, 2007
Content Source: National Office of Public Health Genomics