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National Office of Public Health Genomics at the CDC

The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has had an office working to
integrate genetics and genomics into public health since 1998. At its
inception, the office was known as the Office of Genetics and Disease
Prevention to reflect this mission of using genetic tools to improve
health. In 2002, the name was changed to the Office of Genomics and
Disease Prevention to reflect the growing importance of genomics and
other "omics" sciences in public health. On July 24, 2006, the name of
the office was changed again, to the National Office of Public Health
Genomics. According to the announcement on their website:

"Public
health genomics is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the
effective and responsible translation of genome-based knowledge and
technologies to improve population health. Public health genomics uses
population-based data on genetic variation and gene-environment
interactions to develop evidence-based tools for improving health and
preventing disease. Since 1998, our office has been at the leading edge
of this development in the United States and internationally. Thus, the
name change better reflects what we do."

Posted by Kristin Oehlke on July 29, 2006 4:29 PM |