Issue Brief

Shaping Public Health Policy in the Age of Genomics

undefined“Genomics offers a growing range of technologies to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease. Appropriate policies are however necessary to ensure that the right tools reach the right people at the right time.” — Organization for Economic, Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2011)

If ever there were an area of medicine that is appropriate for lifelong learning, it is genomics, the study of the functions and interactions of all the genetic material (DNA) belonging to an organism, including interactions with environmental factors to understand the root causes of disease and to better understand how an organism works. Because it is a young and quickly evolving field, it is difficult to precisely determine either the genomic knowledge or the clinical application of that knowledge that will be required for healthcare providers in the future. Indeed, the integration of genomics into evidence-based public health research, policy and practice is one of the major future challenges for our global health-care systems.

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Genetic Privacy Guide

The Genetic Privacy guide is integrated with the Genetizen – a blog authored by experts in the field of bioethics, genetics, and healthcare who comment on and analyze current developments in the field.

A key feature of this guide is its peer-review capability i.e., the ability for visitors to contribute and interact with the content. Comments are enabled at the bottom of every page. However, if you'd like to submit your own story click Your Stories on the menu bar.

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Stem Cell Guide

The Stem Cell guide is integrated with the Genetizen – a blog authored by experts in the field of bioethics, genetics, and healthcare who comment on and analyze current developments in the field.

A key feature of this guide is its peer-review capability i.e., the ability for visitors to contribute and interact with the content. Comments are enabled at that bottom of every page. However, if you'd like to submit your own story click Your Stories on the menu bar.

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Genetic Testing Guide

With the generous support of the Collins Medical Trust this interactive guide is designed to stimulate discussion and elicit consumer values on genetic testing. Genetic testing is an important and powerful technology that is impacting health care planning and decision making. To track and better understand this rapidly evolving technology, Geneforum has put together this guide. This guide is integrated with the Genetizen – a blog authored by experts in the field of bioethics, genetics, and healthcare who comment on and analyze current developments in the field.

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