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Medical News and Perspectives
April 19, 2006

Group Ponders Genomics and Public Health

JAMA. 2006;295(15):1762. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1762

The European Union (EU) has launched a new project to ensure that as public health systems exploit advances in genetics, the rights of individuals are protected. The Public Health Genomics European Network (PHGEN) “will not only identify where and how the EU has to approach challenges and changes posed by public health genomics but will also give concrete recommendations on how genome-based knowledge can responsibly and effectively be integrated into public health,” said Helmut Brand, MD, MSc, project leader and director of the Institute of Public Health of Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Bielefeld, Germany. The PHGEN is essentially run by the Institute, the German Center for Public Health Genomics (also in Bielefeld), and the Public Health Genetics Unit, in Cambridge, England.

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