WEBTREATS: Genetics and Genomics

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

1000 Genomes Project
The 1000 Genomes Project is the first project to sequence the genomes of a large number of people, to provide a comprehensive resource on human genetic variation.

American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)
The ACMG provides education, resources and a voice for the medical genetics profession. To make genetic services available to and improve the health of the public, the ACMG promotes the development and implementation of methods to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic diseases.  The ACMG site includes ACMG guidelines.

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
ASHG is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide.  The ASHG site includes selected ASHG policy statements.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)
Researchers for TCGA, a landmark research program supported by NCI and NGHRI at NIH, work to identify the genomic changes of more than 20 different types of human cancer.  Research results and key background information are available through the TCGA site.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG)
OPHG provides resources on how human genomic discoveries can be used to improve health & prevent disease.

Center for Genetics and Society (CGS)
CGS encourages responsible use and promotes the regulation of new human genetic and reproductive technologies; and provides analysis and educational materials in addition to organizing conferences, workshops, and briefings.

Disease InfoSearch
Disease InfoSearch provides information about diseases and their related support and advocacy networks.

The GeneCards database, coordinated through the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, contains information on human genes, their products and functions, and their role in disease.

Genetic Alliance
The Genetic Alliance supports individuals with genetic conditions and their families, educates the public, and advocates for consumer-informed public policies.

Genetics and Ethics
The Genetics and Ethics section of the Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, links to blogs, databases, educational resources, and bibliographies on ethical issues.

Genetics/Genomics – Bioethics Resources on the Web (NIH)
This is a well-organized site for resources on the impact of human genome research on society and health.

Genetics Home Reference (NLM)
This is the National Library of Medicine’s consumer-oriented web site about genetic conditions and the genes responsible.

Genomics.energy.gov (Department of Energy - DOE)
Genomics.energy.gov, the primary website for DOE’s genome projects, offers integrated access to many genetics resources, including Human Genome Project Information, the Microbial Genome Research, Genomics:GTL, media, and ethics, legal and societal issues.

Gene Gateway – Exploring Genes and Genetic Disorders

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD)
HGMD, from Cardiff University, represents an attempt to collate known (published) gene lesions responsible for human inherited disease.

International HapMap Project
This public resource helps researchers find genes associated with disease.

KEGG: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes
This website offers computer representational tools to predict higher-level complexity of cellular processes and organism behavior from genomic information.

March of Dimes
The March of Dimes site provides excellent information on genetics for consumers and health professionals.

MedlinePlus guides consumer and health professionals to peer-reviewed resources, including news, overviews, research, and clinical trials.  Try searching on these topics: genetic disorders, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. 

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information. The NCBI home page includes links for HGP teaching resources and tutorials, data mining tools, and other molecular genetics resources.

GeneReviews are expert-authored, peer-reviewed disease descriptions that apply genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients and families with specific inherited conditions.

GeneTests, a publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, other healthcare providers, and researchers, includes directories, educational resources, and topic reviews.

Genetic Testing Registry (GTR)
GTR, which provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers, includes the test's purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test's usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials.

The GQuery provides convenient access to more than 30 datasets and databases with genetic information, including PubMed, Nucleotide, Protein, Genome, Taxonomy, PopSet, and OMIM.  The GQuery page includes a brief description of each dataset and database.

Human Genome Resources
This NCBI website serves an integrated, one-stop, genomic information infrastructure to use data currently being generated through the Human Genome Project and scores of smaller projects.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) heads the Human Genome Project (HGP) for the NIH.  The NHGRI home page provides links to the HGP, CIDR, ELSI, the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, a genetics glossary, genomic & genetic resources, and the Genome Hub – Internet links to genomic resources.

The ENCODE Project: ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements

GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery
GeneEd, developed and maintained by NLM(NHGRI, is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 - 12 to learn genetics

National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. (NSGC)
The NSGC site includes NSGC guidelines, consumer information, a family history tool, and a database to find qualified genetic counselors.

The purpose of Orphanet , a database of information on rare diseases and orphan drugs for health care professionals and patients, is to contribute to the improvement of the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.  Orphanet includes encyclopedias and a directory of relevant centers of expertise, clinical laboratories, research activities and, patient organizations. Orphanet is run by a consortium of European partners; INSERM is the current project coordinator.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative
Americans can learn about their family health history through tools at this site, such as My Family Health Portrait.

Your Genes Your Health
This site, maintained by the Dolan DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor NY, is a multimedia guide to more than a dozen major genetic disorders   It also offers a primer on DNA, genetics, and heredity.

Internet Links:

Genetic Resources (Emory University Department of Human Genetics)

Information for Genetic Professionals (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Please also refer to the 
WEBTREAT on Teratology for related links.  
pvh/ym last revised 9/28/2017



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