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NNLM Journal Club: Precision Medicine

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It is estimated that 100 million consumers will have direct-to-consumer genetic testing by 2021.1 Join us as we discuss direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the role it plays in precision medicine.


Ramos E, Weissman SM. The dawn of consumer-directed testing. Am J Med Genet Part C Semin Med Genet. 2018;178C:89-97.

Discussion questions

  • According to the authors, what should the public consider when submitting their DNA to a direct-to-consumer testing company?
  • How might the authors' experiences influence their research for this article?
  • Have you taken a consumer-directed test? If so, what was your experience? If not, why?
  • How might direct-to-consumer genetic testing impact medical librarians and other information professionals?

Registrants are encouraged to contribute discussion questions to

Information resources

National Library of Medicine

Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variation on human health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base is an online, continuously updated, searchable database of published scientific literature, CDC resources, and other materials that address the translation of genomic discoveries into improved health care and disease prevention.

Additional articles

  • 1 Khan R and Mittelman D. Consumer genomics will change your life, whether you get tested or not. Genome Biology. 2018;19:120
  • Popejoy AB, Ritter DI, Crooks K, et al. The clinical imperative for inclusivity: Race, ethnicity, and ancestry (REA) in genomics. Human Mutation. 2018;39:1713–1720.
  • McGinniss, M.A., Tahmassi, A.G. & Ramos, E. Towards cultural competence in the genomic age: a review of current health care provider educational trainings and interventions. Curr Genet Med Rep 2018;6: 187.
  • Schwiter R., Rahm A.K., Williams J.L. et al. How can we reach at-risk relatives? Efforts to Enhance Communication and Cascade Testing Uptake: a mini-review. Curr Genet Med Rep 2018;6: 21.
Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jan 10, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM CT
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

Join your RML staff and colleagues in reading and discussing new research in the field of health sciences librarianship! Participants will join the online discussion via web conferencing software. Outreach specialists from the Network of the National Library of Medicine will host and present on a recently published article that impacts the field of health sciences librarianship. After the 30-minute presentation, a discussion will take place among participants about the article. This is a great opportunity to stay up-to-date on emerging research and network with fellow colleagues!


By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Evaluate the hypothesis, the study design, the method, results, and limitations in a systematic fashion.
  • Determine the application of a particular study in their practice and impact towards health sciences librarianship.
  • Appraise and assimilate evidence from selected literature related to health sciences and health sciences librarianship.