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Navigating the evolving knowledge of human genetic variation in health and disease

Marta Gwinn and Wei Yu

in Human Genome Epidemiology, 2nd Edition

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195398441
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398441.003.0004
 							Navigating the evolving knowledge of human genetic variation in health and disease

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This chapter presents an overview of evolving methods for tracking and compiling information on genetic factors in disease. It discusses bioinformatics, the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet), and genomic databases. Building the knowledge base in human genome epidemiology involves organizing, sharing, mining, interpreting, and evaluating the results of genomic research from a population perspective. This effort faces many technical, scientific, and social challenges, which can be met only by unprecedented levels of interaction across multiple levels of the research enterprise, and by cooperation among individual scientists, research groups, institutions, and agencies.

Keywords: genetic factors; bioinformatics; HuGENet; genomic databases

Chapter.  4440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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