Other Resources

Genome Research Resources

U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program
Offers historic information on the program from 1990-2003 as well as info on the next phase of research, genomics:GTL. Genomics:GTL is a research program focused on developing technologies to understand and use the diverse capabilities of plants and microbes for innovative solutions to DOE energy and environmental mission challenges.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Environmental Genome Project (EGP)
Initiated in 1998, the EGP seeks to improve understanding of human genetic susceptibility to environmental exposures. The EGP supports the mission of NIEHS, which includes the goal of understanding how individuals differ in their susceptibility to environmental agents and how these susceptibilities change over time.

National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
NHGRI led the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health, which culminated in the completion of the full human genome sequence in April 2003. Now, NHGRI moves forward into the genomic era with research aimed at improving human health and fighting disease.

National Institutes of Health, NHGRI, Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program
Established in 1990 as an integral part of the Human Genome Project to foster basic and applied research on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic and genomic research for individuals, families and communities. The ELSI Research Program funds and manages studies, and supports workshops, research consortia and policy conferences related to these topics.

Policy for Sharing of Data Obtained in NIH Supported or Conducted Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
The National Institutes of Health has provided the final version of its plan to ensure that a central repository of human genetic data protects patients' privacy and safeguards publishing opportunities for the scholars who contribute data. The plan can be found in the Federal Register: August 28, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 166)][Notices] [Page 49290-49297].

  • Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) A genome-wide association study is defined as any study of genetic variation across the entire human genome that is designed to identify genetic associations with observable traits (such as blood pressure or weight), or the presence or absence of a disease or condition.
  • The NIH Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) database supporting this plan is also available. It was developed to archive and distribute the results of studies that have investigated the interaction of genotype and phenotype.

Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
The Committee shall explore, analyze, and deliberate on the broad range of policy needs associated with the scientific, clinical, public health, ethical, economic, legal and social issues raised by the development, use, and potential misuse of genetic and genomic technologies, and make recommendations to the Secretary and other entities as appropriate.

Content reviewed: May 7, 2012