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Public Health Genomics. 2009;12(1):20-9. doi: 10.1159/000153427. Epub 2008 Sep 3.

A decade of public health genomics in the United States: centers for disease control and prevention 1997-2007.

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National Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. 30341, USA.


Since 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collaborated with numerous partners to develop and chart the course of the multidisciplinary field of public health genomics in the USA and globally. During this period, CDC has developed major initiatives for the appropriate integration of genomics into public health research, policy and programs. In this paper, we review briefly the progress in public health genomics made over the past decade in the USA, including population research, the human genome epidemiology network (HuGENet(TM)), the evaluation of genomic applications in practice and prevention (EGAPP), the family history public health initiative, and efforts in building the public health genomics capacity. We also outline a vision for public health genomics for the next decade.

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