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Health Agencies Update
December 27, 2006

Genomic Medicine

JAMA. 2006;296(24):2916. doi:10.1001/jama.296.24.2916-a

To encourage the use of genomics as part of routine clinical care, the US Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Research and Development recently established a Genomic Medicine Program. Through the program, researchers will collect genetic samples from consenting veterans to be used in studies while protecting veteran privacy, develop new methods for incorporating these data into electronic medical records, and design and conduct careful studies that show how use of this genetic information can result in improved patient care.