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Selected Federal and Free Electronic Resources (see also Databases)

Additional Genomics Resources lists U.S. and international resources that provide genomics-related information. U.S. Food and Drug Administration; updated 2012 Aug.

Addressing Challenges in Genetic Test Evaluation: Evaluation Frameworks and Assessment of Analytic Validity. Sun F, Bruening W, Erinoff E, et al. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2011 Jun. Report No.: 11-EHC048-EF.

Ask the Expert service of the Human Genetics programme (HGN) facilitates contact with experts to ask genetics and related issues questions.WHO; c2014.

Basics 101. What are Genes? Animations and graphics explain the vocabulary and history of genes in human development, variations, and key words. 23andMe; c2007-2014.

Brown TA. An Introduction to Genomes, 2nd ed. This NLM Bookshelf book includes devices to make it “user-friendly” and an effective teaching aid. Garland Science; c2002.

Cancer Genetics Overview (PDQ®) [Cancer.gov] has an Introduction and sections: Genetic Counseling; Familial Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes; Methods of Genetic Analysis and Gene Discovery; Structure; and Content of PDQ Summaries and Genetic Resources. This knowledge helps to identify at-risk individuals, improve understanding of cancer biology, further the ability to characterize malignancies, establish treatment tailored to the molecular fingerprint of the disease, and lead to the development of new therapeutic modalities; National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health; modified 2014 Jul 21.

DMOZ: Genetic Disorders has annotated links specific to disorders. A brief description of each disorder can be accessed by clicking on Description in the upper right corner of the page. Open Directory Project (ODP); updated 2013 May.

DNA Animations: Human Genome Sequencing. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) History of the Human Genome Sequencing; c2014.

DNA Learning Center is meant to prepare students and families to thrive in the gene age. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

DNA-RNA-Protein Introduction is the Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize. See section "Learn how to navigate in the document" to navigate an introduction to DNA, RNA and proteins. PrizeNobel Media AB; c2014.

Family Health History & Genetics. Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, NCBDDD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; reviewed and updated 2014 Jul 15.

Fundamentals of Biology, Fall 2011 focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and recombinant DNA. MIT OpenCourseWare. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2011.

GeneReviews™ contains expert-authored, peer-reviewed disease descriptions. Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, et al., editors. Seattle: University of Washington; 1993-2013.

Genes and Chromosomes. The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook. This Home Health Handbook is a source for definitions with links to other chapters of the Merck Manual for Patients and Caregivers. Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; c2010-2013, revised 2013 Aug.

Genes and human disease. Genomic Resource Centre (GRC) is a website providing overviews of issues and concerns around human genetics and public health. It addresses ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetics. Resources are available for the Patient and Public and for health professionals and policy makers. World Health Organization, Human Genetics Programme; c2014.

GeneTests™ includes links to directories for international genetic testing laboratories and genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics; c2014.

GeneEd provides links to teacher and student resources. National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, GeneEd; c2012.

Genes and Disease is a collection of articles that discuss genes and the diseases they cause (classified by affected body part). National Center for Biotechnology Information; 1998-.

Genetic and Rare Conditions Site lists lay advocacy groups, support groups, information on genetic conditions and birth defects for professionals, educators and individuals. Medical Genetics, University of Kansas Medical Center; c1995-2012.

Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center (GARD) specialists answer questions and suggest sources for more information. Office of Rare Diseases Research, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health.

Genetic Disorders, Genomics and Healthcare page links to information about genetic disorders; genetic testing, counseling and evaluation; how to locate a genetics professional; how genetics professionals help patients interpret and understand genetic information; and FAQs about selected topics including Pharmacogenomics and Rare Diseases. National Human Genome Research Institute; updated 2014 June.

Genetic Resources provides copyrighted information for educational purposes. Emory University Department of Human Genetics; c2013.

Genetic Testing: Guidelines, Policies and Recommendations in Genomics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Public Health Genomics; updated 2013 Apr.

Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) links to directories for Clinical Resources, Genetic Professionals and services, Consumer Resources, Molecular Resources, and more. National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Genetic Traits in Harry Potter Science Lesson Plan is part of the World Harry Potter's World instructional resources for the educators in middle- and high-schools, and in higher education institutions. National Library of Medicine; updated 2013 Nov.

Genetics 101. NIH MedlinePlus: the magazine. 2013 Summer;8(2):11-2. This explains the hereditary material of life.

Genetics 101: How Does Genetics Work? is a place to learn “the ways genetics is a part of your life... how genetics affects you and your family, why you should talk to your healthcare providers about genetics, how to get involved in genetics research, and much more!” Genes in Life; c2014.

Genetics: Resource Brief. MCH Library. National Center for Education in Maternal Child Health; updated 2012 Sep.

Genetics and Mainstream Medicine. Burton H. The page links to the full report of the same name, a general overview about delivering the benefits of genetics and a press release stating that the health service approach to genetics in medicine needs to change. PHG Foundation; 2011 Mar.

Genetics Home Reference™ links to information about disorders and conditions, related genes and chromosomes, and tools for understanding human genetics. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; 2014 Sep.

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is a website about genomic contributions to health and disease, accomplishments of the past, the future, and the increasing relevance of genomics in people’s lives. Links include a multimedia database of downloadable media files related to topics displayed on the website and in the exhibition “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.” A separate page is for events. National Human Genome Research Institute and the Smithsonian Museum in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and others.

Genome.gov links to a variety of health, education, research, news, and grants resources from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, including:

GenomeTV is a collection of video resources of lectures, news documentaries, and meetings that tackle the research, issues and clinical applications of genomic research. National Human Genome Research Institute.

Genomics page links to an overview of genomics in the discovery, development, regulation, and use of medication, as well as to Regulatory and Scientific Information. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Genomics and Targeted Therapy Group, FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology; updated 2013 Oct.

Genomics Education Partnership links to material to introduce students to DNA sequencing and genomic analysis. St. Louis: Washington University; c2006-2014; updated 2014 Aug.

Genomics and World Health[PDF]: Report of the Advisory Committee on Health Research highlights genomics relevance for health care worldwide, focusing on the potential for improving health in developing countries. It includes a glossary in Annex A pp. 201-8, and References. Geneva: World Health Organization; c2002.

Genomics & Health Impact Update links to current news and publications, CDC announcements, reports, blogs, podcasts, features genomic tests, family history, programs and practice, policy and legislation and public health science (Public Health Genomics; Genomics & Health Weekly Update; Genetic Testing; Genetic Organizations and Associations). An icon to sign-up for weekly electronic updates is provided. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; [frequent updates].

The Genomics Landscape a Decade after the Human Genome Project presentations made at National Institutes of Health; updated 2013 Apr 25.

A Guide to Genetics and Health Does It Run in the Family? Vol. 2 provides very basic information about why some diseases run in families and how to learn family health history. Genetic Alliance; 2006.

Health Information for Genetic Disorders links to recommended NIH Institute pages for disorders. National Institutes of Health.

Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue explains a family of more than 200 heritable (genetic) disorders that affect connective tissues as a result of gene alterations (mutations). National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. NIH Publication No. 13-7843; 2013 May.

Human Genetic Variation NIH Curriculum Supplement Series for High School (9-12) presents basics of human genetics, its potential to improve human health, and its application toward understanding and describing human evolution. The site includes links to Teacher’s Guide, State Standards, other. National Human Genome Research Institute.

Human Genetics programme provides overviews on the issues and concerns around human genetics and public health, and, in particular, the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetics. World Health Organization, Human Genetics Programme Genomic Resource Center; c2014.

Learn.Genetics ™ links to pages that tour the basics of DNA and genes, epigenetics, gene therapy, and the new science of addiction among other topics. “Hallmarks” are colorful illustrations and options to explore interactive activities. Genetic Science Learning Center University of Utah; 2013.

Medicine in the Genomic Era is a brochure that was part of a Holiday Lectures on Science. Howard Hughes Medical Institute; 2013.

MedlinePlus® topic pages link to general and disease-specific sources of information, such as:

Morrison S. Genetics Home Reference Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary. NLM Tech Bull. 2013 Mar-Apr;(391):e8. 2013 April 24 [posted].

The National Science Digital Library is an open-access database to search for links to educational resources/materials about genetics, genomics or another topic by grade level or format. National Science Foundation.

NOVA Cracking Your Genetic Code. PBS Airdate: March 28, 2012. Corporation for Public Broadcasting; 2012.

Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) links to genetic and rare disease information resources. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

OMIM®, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man® is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes. OMIM is a companion to the Human Genome Project. McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Pembrey M. An Introduction to the Genetics and Epigenetics of Human Disease [PDF] is an introductory booklet with colorful figures and illustrations about genetics and epigenetics. A glossary is in the Appendix on page 30. Progress Educational Trust (PET), U.K.; 2012 Oct.

Public Health Genomics links to genomics translation research into population health benefits. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Public Health Genomics, OPHG; [frequent updates].

Q?rius Presentation: What Exactly is the Human Genome? are video presentations by Eric Green and Francis Collins made on April 12, 2014 as part of the "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" exhibition events.

Scitable Genetics Topic Room includes news item links. Nature Education; c2014.

Strengthening Genetic and Genomic Literacy. American Public Health Association Policy Number 201012; 2010 Nov.

Taking Medicines: Personalized Medicine, “one size does not fit all”. NIHSeniorHealth from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences; revised 2013 Mar.

TEDMED Great Challenges: Genomics and Medicine: Where promise meets clinical practice. National Human Genome Research Institute Director Eric Green, MD, PhD, hosted a Google+ Hangout to discuss genomic medicine with an “all-star cast” on 2013 Nov 21. See also TEDMED news for this event.

Trust It or Trash It? Creating & Assessing Genetic Health Information. Genetic Alliance Monograph Series, Vol. 5; c2010.

The Universe of Genetic Testing discusses testing that looks at a person's genetic makeup. Lab Tests Online; modified 2013 Jan 23.

Your Genes, Your Health: A multimedia guide to genetic disorders has genetic condition modules with animations and explanations, a link to Cold Spring Harbor’s Inside Cancer and a link to its companion site, DNA from the Beginning. Your Genes, Your Health BLOG has information about a variety of topic related to genetics. Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; 2002.

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