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NNLM Reading Club: Human Genetics

Human Genetics

Genetics research studies how individual genes or groups of genes are involved in health and disease. Understanding genetic factors and genetic disorders is important in learning more about promoting health and preventing disease.


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NLM has made it easy to find genetic information in one trusted, easy-to-use resource. MedlinePlus Genetics covers more than 1,300 genetic conditions and 1,400 genes and includes an illustrated genetics handbook, Help Me Understand Genetics, which offers basic explanations of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine.

There's an NIH for that...and more

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is the National Institutes of Health biomedical research agency for advancing genomics research. Precision Medicine is made possible as a result of The Human Genome Project, an international research effort to sequence the DNA of the entire human genome.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health (OGPPH) provides timely and credible information for the effective and responsible translation of genomics and precision health advances into public health and health care. Visit Genomics & Precision Health for easy-to-find genetic health topics, My Family Health History Portrait, and the Public Health Genomics and Precision Health Knowledge Base (PHGKB) 


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The Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) at the University of Utah sponsors the Genetic Science Learning Center, a website to explore videos, virtual labs, images of actual cells, and interactive exercises covering a massive amount of information on genetics.

Library Programming

Media Education

The ability to sequence DNA is leading to better diagnosis and treatment. However, there is still a lot to learn about how we can use our genetic code to make treatments to cure diseases. Using NOVA: Cracking Your Genetic Code, you can find educational lesson plans and videos both in English and Spanish.

Expert Speaker

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Engage a genetic counselor to discuss direct-to-consumer testing or the importance of knowing one's family health history. To find a speaker, use the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Share A Guide to Family Health History available for free download in English or Spanish, or share What You Need to Know About Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing, also available for free download, or the CDC fact sheet, Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know.

Young Readers

Book cover DNA is You, Max Axiom, NNLM Activity Book

Libraries Transform

Because Genetic Literacy Can Help You Crack the Code
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Key Message(s):
Genetic information can help you know your risk for certain diseases. With the increased popularity of at-home ancestry testing, Americans are becoming more and more interested in genetics—but many still have limited knowledge of basic genetic concepts. Libraries are information hubs and education centers that can help their community members access trusted health information, including how to manage genetic risks for inherited diseases.

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Library Skills Training 

NNLM Course

DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing This Network of the National Library of Medicine webinar provides an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. Attendees will learn where to go to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance. This class can also provide a template for information professionals looking to offer similar programs at their own libraries. This class is eligible for 1 Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
Friday, November 20, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET


All of Us : Genomics 101

All of Us Research Program: Getting Your DNA Results (PDF)