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Am J Prev Med. 2011 Apr;40(4):486-93. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.12.009.

Current priorities for public health practice in addressing the role of human genomics in improving population health.

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  • 1Office of Public Health Genomics, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.


In spite of accelerating human genome discoveries in a wide variety of diseases of public health significance, the promise of personalized health care and disease prevention based on genomics has lagged behind. In a time of limited resources, public health agencies must continue to focus on implementing programs that can improve health and prevent disease now. Nevertheless, public health has an important and assertive leadership role in addressing the promise and pitfalls of human genomics for population health. Such efforts are needed not only to implement what is known in genomics to improve health but also to reduce potential harm and create the infrastructure needed to derive health benefits in the future.

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