Last updated: August 17, 2015
Other Federal Agencies Involved in Genomics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention integrates advances in human genetics into public health research, policies, and programs. The OGDP participates in national policy-setting panels, supports extramural population-based research projects, and educates and trains health professionals about the role of genetics in disease prevention.
Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE Human Genome Program supports research projects at universities, the DOE Joint Genome Institute, DOE-owned national laboratories, and other research organizations. As part of the international Human Genome Project, vital and very active genome research also is being pursued by researchers and science funding agencies outside the United States.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promotes and protects the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. The FDA blends law and science with the aim of protecting consumers. As knowledge gained from genomic and genetic research leads to the development of new and more specific medications for a wide range of disease, the FDA will continue to monitor and regulate these new therapies to protect consumers.
NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA)
OBA promotes science, safety and ethics in the development of public policies in three areas: Biomedical Technology Assessment, Biosafety, and Biosecurity. Specific activities include optimizing the conduct and oversight of gene transfer research, updating and interpreting biosafety policies under the NIH Guidelines Involving Research with Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acids, providing critical input on governmental policies regarding dual use research, the NIH Stem Cell Registry.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The Health Reources and Services Administration (HRSA) works to to improve and expand access to quality health care for all and assure the availability of quality health care to low income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable and special needs populations. In the area of genetics and genomics, HRSA funds education and training programs for medical professionals, developing and expanding their genetic and genomic knowledge base related to specific disease processes encountered in the clinical setting.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Plant Genome Research Program was initiated in 1998. It is part of a national plant genome research initiative established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The long-term goal of this program is to understand the structure, organization and function of plant genomes important to agriculture, the environment, energy and health.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA's Plant Genome and Data Information Center provides access to a variety of information, products and services on a range of plant and animal genome mapping.