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Genetics Resources

Genetics Resources

A collection of resources that provide information on genes, genomics, and genetic conditions, including family health history tools, a glossary of genetic terms, and more.

Basic Information

Medical and Science Glossaries

The following glossaries contain definitions to terms related to cancer, rare and/or genetic diseases, clinical research, and general health topics.

Genetics Home Reference (GHR)

Consumer-friendly information on medical genetics for patients and their families.

Genetic Basics (NIGMS)

A science education booklet that explains the role of genes in health and disease, the basics of DNA and its molecular cousin RNA, and new directions in genetic research.

Genetics and Genomics for the Patient and the Public

The National Human Genome Research Institute provides information about genetic disorders, genetic and genomic science, pharmacogenomics, family health history tools, and online health resources.

Family Health Portrait Tool

The Family Health Portrait Tool is an easy-to-use online tool developed by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Surgeon General's Office to help consumers gather their own family health history.

National Human Genome Research Institute Health Information

Information about genetics and genomics, rare diseases, patient care and more.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) created the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms to help everyone understand the terms and concepts used in genetic research. In addition to definitions, specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms.

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In-depth Information

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

Database of published scientific research relating to medically important human genes, traits, and genetic disorders. Although the language is technical, it is considered to be a very in depth source of information

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Information about NCBI public databases, research in computational biology, software tools for analyzing genome data, and biomedical information.

CDC Genomics and Health Weekly Update

Information about the impact of human genetic research on disease prevention and public health.


Access to MEDLINE citations, life science journals, and links to many sites providing full text articles.

Environmental Epigenetics

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) environmental epigenetics program provides funding for a variety of research projects that use state-of-the-art technologies to analyze epigenetic changes caused by environmental exposures.  NIEHS-supported researchers use animals, cell cultures, and human tissue samples to pinpoint how epigenetic changes could lead to harmful health effects, and could perhaps, be passed down to the next generation.

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Cancer Genetics

National Cancer Institute (NCI) - The Genetics of Cancer

Basic information about the role of genetics in cancer, hereditary cancer syndrome, and genetic testing.

NCI Cancer Genetics Services Directory

Directory of professionals who provide services related to cancer genetics (cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic susceptibility testing, and others).

NCI Cancer Genetics Summaries

Summaries that explain the genetics of different types of cancer.

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Professional Associations

American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)

Provides education and resources for the medical genetics profession and makes genetic services available to the public.

American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG)

A professional organization for human genetics specialists, including scientists, health care professionals, and others with an interest in the field of human genetics.

Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A coalition of independent member societies that serve the interests of biomedical and life scientists; includes the American Society of Human Genetics.

International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG)

Fosters the scientific, professional, and personal development of members in the management of genomic information.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

A professional organization for genetic counselors that fosters education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

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