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Genet Med. 2018 Jun;20(6):574-582. doi: 10.1038/gim.2017.211. Epub 2017 Dec 14.

From public health genomics to precision public health: a 20-year journey.

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1
Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
2
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA.
3
Office of Advanced Molecular Detection, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
4
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Abstract

In this paper, we review the evolution of the field of public health genomics in the United States in the past two decades. Public health genomics focuses on effective and responsible translation of genomic science into population health benefits. We discuss the relationship of the field to the core public health functions and essential services, review its evidentiary foundation, and provide examples of current US public health priorities and applications. We cite examples of publications to illustrate how Genetics in Medicine reflected the evolution of the field. We also reflect on how public-health genomics is contributing to the emergence of "precision public health" with near-term opportunities offered by the US Precision Medicine (AllofUs) Initiative.

PMID:
29240076
DOI:
10.1038/gim.2017.211

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