Centre for Genetics Education

This week’s issue of the CDC’s Genomics Weekly Update is now online.  The Let’s Go Surfing section consistently introduces useful websites from around the world and this week is no exception.  The Centre for Genetics Education is based in Sydney, Australia.  It provides "current and relevant genetics information to individuals and family members affected by genetic conditions and the professionals who work with them."

The Centre offers a guide for recording family health information entitled "The Importance of Your Family Health Information." (pdf)  From the introduction:

"Many common disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and mental illness can run in families. If you have knowledge of your family health history, it may be possible to predict, prevent or treat health problems that have affected previous generations…[A] record of family illnesses…may help your doctor to diagnose and prevent health problems by recognising patterns of illness that may run in your family."

Lots of quality educational material at the webpage, e.g. for those individuals interested in learning more about a genetic disorder, the Centre provides disorder information sheets (for Australian citizens only I presume).  A similar service is offered by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: the Genetics Home Reference.



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