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ClinGen setting standards for when genes and their variants matter in disease

In the May 27, 2015, online New England Journal of Medicine, investigators with the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) describe how the program is evaluating the clinical relevance of genomic variants for use in precision medicine and research. ClinGen, launched in 2013, is funded in part by NHGRI. Read more

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NHGRI's Elizabeth Burke finds her way to the Undiagnosed Diseases Program

Elizabeth Burke, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in NIH/NHGRI's Undiagnosed Diseases Program, describes how she helps answer the question "why?" for people who have longstanding medical conditions but lack a diagnosis. She talks about how it's become "the most fascinating and inspiring job" she could ever have. Read more

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Advisory Council meets in open session

Did you miss the seventy-fourth meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research? See video of the full meeting held May 18, 2015 at Fishers Lane Conference Center. NHGRI Director Eric Green gave his report to council, which was followed by talks on ENCODE, the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium, functional genomics and ClinSeq.
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Zambian Deputy Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya (left) welcomes members of the H3Africa Consortium on May 9, 2015, in Livingstone, Zambia.

Zambian Deputy Minister of Health welcomes members of the H3Africa Consortium

Chitalu Chilufya, Zambian Deputy Minister of Health (pictured left), welcomed members of the H3Africa Consortium to the Sixth H3Africa Consortium meeting. Also present at the meeting: NHGRI Director Eric Green, NHGRI staff, Wellcome-Trust staff and members of the H3Africa Consortium. Read More

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Genomic knowledge is power in the fight against obesity

Although many doctors are wary about discussing weight loss with their overweight patients - for fear of alienating the patients or being ignored - two recent research studies from a team led by NHGRI's Susan Persky, Ph.D., suggest that doctor-patient talks about the genomic underpinnings of obesity can pay off.
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