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Last Posted: Apr-10-2021 07:14:27

From Genes to Public Health: Building the Evidence Base for DNA-based Population Screening
MJ Khoury et al, CDC Blog, April 9, 2021 Brand

In the United States and other counties, the vision of DNA-based population screening has begun to be realized in multiple health systems, population-based biobanks and learning health systems research settings. Recently, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics published two guidance documents on DNA-based screening of healthy adults.

Putting Cancer Data in the Fast Lane
CDC Cancer Blog, April 2021 Brand

CDC looks for ways to help central cancer registries speed up the process of data collection. . One important way is to replace the individual computer systems that central cancer registries use with a single system that is cloud-based. That means it is available on the Internet. This new cloud-based computer system will make the information available almost as soon as it’s entered. You—and your doctor and researchers—will know how cancer rates changed in your area last year, instead of 2 or 3 years ago. That information can help save lives.

Vigilance Matters When Viruses Vary
CDC COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review, April 9, 2021 Brand

The United States is in the fourth week of an upward trend in COVID-19 cases. The lifting of social distancing and mask mandates in some areas could be contributing to this increase. This increase could also be due to the presence of more contagious variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which is why it is important to remain vigilant.

A National Open Genomics Consortium for the COVID-19 Response
CDC, April 9, 2021 Brand

The Advanced Molecular Detection (program established the SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing for Public Health Emergency Response, Epidemiology and Surveillance (SPHERES) to coordinate SARS-CoV-2 sequencing. The SPHERES collaboration includes scientists from clinical and public health laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector. SPHERES will strengthen COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

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