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The National Human Genome Research Institute conducts genetic and genomic research, funds genetic and genomic research and promotes that research to advance genomics in health care.



New technique promising for a more accurate genome sequence

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a new technique that will aid in a more accurate reconstruction of genomes, specifically in determining the sections of the genome that come from each parent. This new technique, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, will allow researchers to identify further complexity within any type of genome - from plants to humans - and provide more precise reference genomes in researcher databases than are currently available.

William Gahl and Charles Rotimi

Drs. William A. Gahl and Charles N. Rotimi elected into the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine welcomed two NHGRI senior investigators, William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., and Charles N. Rotimi, Ph.D. Recognized as one of the highest honors scientists can receive, members elect new recruits based on their accomplishments in advancing medical science. As a medical geneticist, Dr. Gahl focuses on rare metabolic disorders and the discovery of new genomic diseases. Dr. Rotimi probes the genomic causes of disease and health disparities in a cultural context.

Eric Green

NIH programs shed light on gene variants and their connections to health and disease

NIH's Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) and ClinVar programs are addressing a major barrier to incorporating genomic medicine into healthcare, which is a lack of evidence about the relationship between gene variants and diseases. A special issue of Human Mutation, published on Oct. 12, highlights the broad array of advances made through these programs, which work in concert to advance knowledge connecting human genomic variation to human health.

Eric Green

Dr. Dan Kastner honored as Federal Employee of the Year

In the October issue of The Genomics Landscape,, NHGRI Director Dr. Eric Green highlights the Partnership for Public Service honoring Dr. Dan Kastner as the Federal Employee of the Year. Other topics include: the new Omics Nursing & Science Education Network (ONSEN) web-based resource, the new ASHG-NHGRI Genomics & Public Policy and Genetics Education & Engaement fellows, and the retirement of Human Micorbiome Project leader, Dr. Lita Proctor.

Diverse group of people

NIH leaders call consensus on use of race and ethnicity data in biomedical research

The use of racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research is part of a complex and sometimes contentious conversation about how science and society talk about human variation. In a commentary published September 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIH leaders have called on the scientific community to develop and adopt consensus practices for the use of race, ethnicity, social determinants of health, and ancestry data in study design, interpretation of results, publications and medical care.