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Community Genet. 2006;9(1):21-6.

Genomics and public health in the United States: signposts on the translation highway.

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Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga 30333, USA.


Successful completion of the Human Genome Project has raised public expectations that research findings will translate quickly into health benefits; however, the gap between biomedical research and clinical and public health application seems wider than ever. Public health scientists now have the opportunity to help create a broad concept of research translation that integrates genomic information into policies, programs and services benefiting the whole population. Important 'signposts' along the translation highway include conducting population-based research in genomics, developing evidence on the clinical and public health value of genomic information, and integrating genomics into health practice.

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