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Ron Zimmern, chairman of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, had some words of admonishment for public health officials the world over at the 4th National Conference on Genomics and Public Health in Maryland this week — it's time to move into the 21st century way of doing things, he said. Public health genomics means combining human genomics and the study of environmental determinants of public health, Zimmern said. In addition, there has been a dichotomy between the people who study the science and the public health officials, though that must change, he added.

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