Genomics and Precision Health Posts
Happy Thanksgiving 2021: Family Health History in the COVID-19 Era
For a second year in a row, this Thanksgiving might not look the same as the ones before it, but some things haven’t changed. Even if you can’t see your loved ones in person, Thanksgiving is still a great time to talk to your family members about your family health history. Having one or more family members Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
The Science of Gene-Environment Interaction at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Now, more than ever, we are aware that our environment has implications for our health. We are also learning more about the effects of inherited traits, such as blood type, on disease susceptibility and progression. Understanding the interactions between our environment and our genes and how they affect health outcomes offers a multitude of potential Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
An Expanding List of Tier 1 Genomic Applications: Evidence-based Guidelines for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Public Health
The CDC Tier-Classified Guideline Database includes three Tier 1 guidelines on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). A 2014 guideline from the European Society of Cardiology, a 2017 guideline from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm Society, and a 2020 guideline from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology all recommend Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments
Large-Scale Population Studies as a Path to Personalized Medicine: Easier Said than Done!
For more than two decades, advances in genomics have promised a new era of personalized or precision medicine (i.e., the right intervention to the right person at the right time). Scientific evaluation of new gene discoveries has been aided by the launch of large-scale epidemiologic and clinical collaborative global studies. In a recent commentary, McCarthy Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
The Contributions of Host Genomics Research to the COVID-19 Response: It’s Not Just About Genes!
A recent large collaborative host genomics study provides valuable insight into the interplay of biology and epidemiology on COVID-19. The study was based on a meta-analysis of nearly 50,000 patients from 46 studies spanning 19 countries. The study found 13 loci (specific locations on various chromosomes) associated with COVID-19 susceptibility or severity through genome wide Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Tracking the Scientific Literature on SARS-CoV-2 Variants Using the COVID-19 Genomics and Precision Health Knowledge Base
The first reports of SARS-CoV-2, the highly infectious virus causing COVID-19, swept across the globe in December 2019, prompting a burst of scientific activity. The rate of research and discovery intensified as the pandemic grew, resulting in a flood of publications in journals and on preprint servers around the world. More recently, SARS-CoV-2 variants have Read More >Posted on by 1 Comment
Mendelian Randomization: A Precision Public Health Tool for the COVID-19 Response
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when little was known about the natural history of the disease, predicting the course of the pandemic was of premier importance for treating sick patients and redoubling efforts to protect those at highest risk of adverse outcomes. To address this need, investigators used a study design that Read More >Posted on by Leave a comment
Toward Achieving Health Equity for People with Genetic Disorders
If health equity is about making sure that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, public health efforts to achieve health equity must include people with genetic disorders. Some might consider having a genetic disorder a health inequity itself—one present from birth and over which affected individuals have limited control. Thousands of Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments
An Evaluation of “My Family Health Portrait”: Strengths and Opportunities
CDC has hosted My Family Health Portrait (MFHP) since September 2018. Understanding current use of MFHP can help identify opportunities to improve and promote MFHP. We used Google Analytics to explore use of MFHP from Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2020. Google Analytics is a third-party tool that tracks user information, such as browser, Read More >Posted on by 2 Comments
What should be the public health priorities in genomics and precision medicine in the next decade?
The CDC Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health is undergoing strategic planning to identify major opportunities for impact of public health action in human genomics and precision medicine in the next decade. As part of this process, we interviewed nine persons external to CDC from diverse backgrounds and organizations that represent the leading edge Read More >Posted on by 1 Comment