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This Thanksgiving, celebrate National Family Health History Day

Since 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day. Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., the acting U.S. Surgeon General, is upholding this proud tradition by encouraging Americans to talk about their family health histories at this year's holiday gatherings, and make a record of their inherited health conditions. Read more

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The skin microbiome: More than skin deep

Skin microbiota plays an intricate role in the human immune system, directing many immune functions and defending against invading bacterial pathogens. In a review article in the Nov. 21, 2014, issue of Science, Julie Segre, Ph.D., head of the Microbial Genomics Section at NHGRI, and Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., head of the Mucosal Immunology Section at NIAID, review the advantages and downsides, of this intimate partnership. Read more

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Mouse genome studies find both similarities and striking differences with human genome

An international group of researchers has found powerful clues to why certain processes and systems in the mouse are so different from those in people and have developed a resource to help scientists better understand how similarities and differences between mice and humans are written in their genomes. The findings ­are reported by the mouse ENCODE Consortium online Nov. 19, 2014 in four papers in Nature and in several other publications. Read more

The Genomics Landscape

Changing the Face of Diagnostics in Clinical Microbiology

This issue of The Genomics Landscape describes the evolution of genome sequencing and its impact on public health surveillance and infectious disease diagnostics. Also highlighted: The first BD2K awards, National Family History Day, a new NHGRI executive officer and how to comment on our recent genome sequencing workshop. Read more

Request for Comments

Workshop Report: Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond

On July 28-29, the National Human Genome Research Institute held a workshop on the future of its flagship Genome Sequencing Program (GSP) - Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Research Institute. The GSP is now requesting comments on the workshop summary report. The deadline for comments is February 1, 2015. Read more

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