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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. The site was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Although the language is technical, it is considered to be a very comprehensive source of information.

NCBI Human Genome Resources

Strives to offer an integrated, one-stop, genomic information resource for data that promise to provide new insights into human biology and new approaches for combating disease.

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), Office of Education, Cancer Genetics Information

Information about the genetics of cancer; gene testing; and cancer genetics, risk assessment, and counseling.

National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cancer Genetics Services Directory

National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dictionary of Cancer Terms

National Cancer Institute (NCI), PDQ Cancer Genetics Cancer Information Summaries

Cancer genetics information summaries.

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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)

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 geneticists that provides links to genetic counselors throughout the country at

The National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)

An "organization of organizations" that includes more than 140 health professional organizations, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies, private industry, managed care organizations, and genetics professional societies; also promotes genetic education.

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