Educational Resources

Visit the following web resources for more information about genomics:

1. National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
This is the main website for the branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that deals with genomics research. It is a good resource to learn basics about genomics.

2. National Office of Public Health Genomics
This is the main website for the branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that deals with genomics. It is a good place to learn about how genomics is can be used to improve health.

3. Genetic Alliance
Genetic Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides support to genetics advocacy groups. This site provides basic information about genomics and has a Disease InfoSearch with information on different genetic conditions.

4. GeneTests
GeneTests provides information about current genetic tests. It is a great resource for learning about what genes have been discovered that contribute to disease.

5. Department of Energy Genome Resources
This website includes materials related to the Human Genome Project.

6. Human Genome Project (NHGRI)
The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003 and this website details the research areas covered by the project.

7. U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative
The Surgeon general started a campaign to encourage families to record their health histories. This website includes a tool, in both English and Spanish, that can be used to help record family histories.

8. National Human Genome Center at Howard University
This Center focuses on exploring multicultural perspectives about genomics and how they impact health.

9. National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center
This website provides information and resources relevant to newborn screening and genetics for health professionals, the public health community, consumers, and government officials.

10. Region 4 Genetics Collaborative
The Region 4 Genetics Collaborative serves several target states for the forums, including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Collaborative provides a forum for these states to share the use of available newborn screening and genetic resources.

11. Heartland Regional Genetics and Newborn Screening Collaborative
This Collaborative serves several target states for the forums, including Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. This website is intended to provide information to citizens and health and human service professionals and to improve communication among genetic professionals and stakeholders in this region.

12. Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah
Provides a large number of resources to help people understand genetics and how it affects their lives and society.

13. University of Kansas Genetics Education Center
A collection of resources for educators interested in human genetics and the human genome project.

14. Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
This is the website of a group that advises politicians on current policy making about genetics.

15. Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Policy Center
The Center works to help policy leaders, decision makers, and the public better understand the rapidly evolving field of human genetics and its application to healthcare.

16. Communities of Color and Genetics Policy Project
These two projects at the University of Michigan try to process of community dialogue as an effective means to engage citizens in thoughtful and productive discussions about policy needs regarding genetic information and technology and other value-laden issues.

17. National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)
This group works to create educational materials and opportunities for health care professionals. They have good information that can be used by the general population as well.

18. Illinois Humanities Council “Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution”
This group in Chicago is having a series of events on how genetics affects their community. This website gives good information to both those in Chicago and across the nation.

19. Michigan's Genetics Resource Center

This website has information about genetic diseases, community involvement, data and reports, genetics services, research, policy, support groups, and many other areas.

 20. Genomics and Health Weekly Update e-newsletter

This weekly update provides information about the impact of human genomic research on disease prevention & population health.

21. Diseases, Genetics, and Family History

Use this page as a handy resource for more information about disease, genetics, and family history, updated on a regular basis.

22. Genomic Resources

This page contains an A - Z list of Web links to selected genomics resources. These resources are intended for researchers and practitioners, health care providers, health care payers/purchasers, policymakers, and the general public.  New links will be added regularly.  If you are unable to find a specific resource, or would like to submit a resource for consideration, please contact us at

23. GAPPNet

The GAPPNet Web site provides a central place to learn about GAPPNet™ and new developments in research, policies, and programs on the use of genomic applications to improve health and prevent disease. The Web site also provides information about how to get involved in GAPPNet, opportunities for social networking, and an interactive map showing genomic translation projects that are currently in progress in the United States.



 Key Articles About Genomics

1. Citrin, T. and Modell, S.M. (2003). Genomics and Public Health: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues. Genomics and Population Health: United States 2003, Ch. 8.

2. Collins, F.S., Green, E.D., Guttmacher, A.E. and Guyer, M.S. (2003). A Vision for the Future of Genomics Research. Nature, 422(6934), 835-847.

3. Guttmacher, A.E., Collins, F.S. and Carmona, R.H. (2004). The Family History - More Important Than Ever. The New England Journal of Medicine, 351(22), 2333-2336.

4. Khoury, M.J., Davis, R., Gwinn, M., Lindegren, M.L., Yoon, P. (2005). Do we need genomic research for the prevention of common diseases with environmental causes? American Journal of Epidemiology, 161(9), 799-805.

5. Khoury, M.J., Gwinn, M., Yoon, P.W., Dowling, N., Moore, C.A., and Bradley, L. (2007). The continuum of translation research in genomic medicine: how can we accelerate the appropriate integration of human genome discoveries into health care and disease prevention? Genetics in Medicine, 9(10), 665-674.

6. Guttmatcher, A.E., Porteous, M.E., McInerey, J.D. (2007). Educating health-care professionals about genetics and genomic. Nature Reviews Genetics, 8(2), 151-157.

7. Khoury, M.J., Feero, W.G., Reyes, M., Citrin, T., Freedman, A., Leonard, D., … Terry S. (2009). The Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Network. Genetics in Medicine, 11(7), 488-494.

8. Manolio, T.A., Collins, F.S., Cox, N.J., Godstein, D.B., Hindorff, L.A., Hunter, D.J., … Visscher, P.M. Finding the missing heritability of complex diseases. Nature, 461(7265), 747-753.

9. Feero, W.G., Guttmacher, A.E., and Collins, F.S. (2010). Genomic Medicine—An updated primer. The New England Journal of Medicine, 347(21), 2001-2011.

10. McBride, C.M., Bowen, D., Brody, L.C., Condit, C.M., Croyle, R.T., Gwinn, M., … Valente, T.W. (2010). Future Health Applications of Genomics: Priorities for Communication, Behavioral, and Social Sciences Research. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 38(5), 556-565.

A glossary of key terms about genomics can be downloaded here.