GAPPNet

Despite a massive budget shortfall, Office of Public Health Genomics Director Muin Khoury will continue to press for government policies and initiatives that promote safe and effective genomic medicine products from a public health perspective.

CDC's GAPPNet has launched several new online resources for gathering information on available genomic technologies, including a searchable database of genomic applications and a new open-access journal that publishes evidence reviews and summary articles on the validity and utility of genetic tests.

Compared to previous personalized bills, HR 5440 includes much more toothy language about FDA regulatory muscle over companion tests. It would also create an Office of Personalized Healthcare to recommend which tests should be regulated and how personalized medicine products should be reimbursed, and form several committees to address translational challenges of personalized medicine.

The director of CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics detailed GAPPNet's plans to close the hole in translational research and discussed how "the stars are aligning" in healthcare reform to further drive the integration of genomics and personalized medicine into clinical practice.

NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.