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Human Genome News, January-March 1996; 7(5)

DOE Assumes Full HGN Sponsorship

Web Site to be Main NCHGR Gateway

By Leslie Fink, NCHGR Office of Communications (leslief@od.nchgr.nih.gov)

With this issue, NCHGR will say good-bye to our readers as copublisher of Human Genome News. We have enjoyed collaborating with our partners at DOE and the Human Genome Management Information System on this newsletter over these past several years. Feedback from HGN readers has indicated repeatedly that it fills a valuable niche in communicating information about human genome meetings, results, and resources to scientific readers. Our colleagues at DOE will continue to publish HGN as an important link to the working scientist. (See related article, entitled "HGN Expands Focus")

NCHGR will maintain information flow to the scientific community through the development of a state-of-the-art World Wide Web site, which we believe will provide researchers with a major gateway to research data, grant information, news, and policy information about the Human Genome Project and NCHGR programs. Cybernauts can already visit the NCHGR Web site (http://www.genome.gov/) to find results and accomplishments of the Human Genome Project. There you will find information about NCHGR programs and funding, as well as links to central databases and to each of the Genome Science and Technology Centers (GESTECs) around the country. GESTEC Web sites contain the latest data releases from work in their laboratories. NCHGR's Web site also contains information about laboratories in our Division of Intramural Research, which applies genome technologies to the study of human inherited diseases.

In addition, we will expand our outreach efforts toward educating health-care professionals about the impact of Human Genome Project technologies on the practice of medicine. This move will broaden Human Genome Project outreach programs specifically to include an audience critical to the successful translation of HGP technologies into opportunities for improved medical care. When the Human Genome Project began 5 years ago, it was immediately clear that the spin-offs of this enterprise would profoundly affect the way modern medicine is practiced.

Yet, in spite of the project's certain impact on medical care, surveys of various professional communities over the years have shown that few providers feel they are adequately trained to responsibly handle the increasing demand for genetic services by consumers. To help fill this knowledge gap, NCHGR is forging new partnerships with key players in health care audiences that are critically important to the mission of our parent agency, the National Institutes of Health.

So, next time you are surfing the Net, please stop in. We are continuing to expand and polish our Web site, and hope to go on line with a new edition this spring. Cowabunga!

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