September 2000 MedBytes: Human Genome Research

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The latest human genome research and findings are covered in this month's "MedBytes." Visit these Web sites for more information about one of the latest hot topics in medicine.

American Medical Association
Visit the AMA's Web site for genome information at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2398.html . The site gives general information as well as the latest policy, advocacy, and legislative news, and a link to family history tools. You can also find links to outside related information.

Baylor's Genome package
Visit the Baylor College of Medicine Web site at www.bcm.tmc.edu/pa/dna.htm for the latest genome facts, including answers to frequently asked questions, details on phases I and II of Baylor's genome project, and an in-depth history of the genome sequencing program at Baylor.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH has an area on its site called "National Human Genome Research Institute," located at http://www.genome.gov/ . The site gives an overview of the genome project, research goals, and more.

Celera Genomics
This site, located at www.celera.com , gives information about Celera Genomics, which recently entered into a comprehensive genomics agreement with American Home Products Corporation. The Web site provides company information, press releases, and product and service information.

Department of Energy
Go to http://www.sc.doe.gov/  to view this site, which gives in-depth background into the Human Genome Project and also provides links to genome news such as "Asthma-Linked Genes Discovered," "Researchers Unravel Genome for 'Superbug' Bacterium," and "Researchers Identify Genes Involved in Cardiac Hypertrophy and Recovery."

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
This is a good site for anyone searching for genome information on the Internet. You'll find several outside links to credible genome information. Go to www.ornl.gov/hgmis/publicat/tko/09_resources.html and click on the various resources.

Science magazine
Here's a link to an article entitled "New Goals for the US Human Genome Project: 1998-2003." The article covers the planning process, specific goals during this time, and more. Visit www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/282/5389/682 .

Cable News Network (CNN)
An article, "Your Health -- Genome Announcement Brings New Possibilities," is located at www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/06/30/your.health.genome and covers details and background about the genome project. The site also gives links to other CNN genome-related stories and other related Web sites.

Texas Medical Association
Visit TMA's Web site at www.texmed.org and check out the new special topic pages. These are special front-page connections to comprehensive online resources for physicians on timely and important topics such as privacy, childhood vaccinations, fraud and abuse, workforce, patients' bill of rights, and tobacco. You'll find links to these pages from the home page of the TMA site.

MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site at  www.texmed.org . If you know of some cool medical sites or have questions about how to use the TMA Web site, e-mail  Erin Prather . Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.

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