New reviews and commentaries, 16 April 2007

16 April 2007

Cytochrome P450 genotyping and antidepressants. Perlis RH (2007) BMJ 334(7597):759. Editorial considering the current lack of evidence for the clinical efficacy of pharmacogenetic testing to predict the efficacy of antidepressant drugs (PubMed).

National population-based biobanks for genetic research. Swede H, Stone CL, Norwood AR (2007) Genet Med 9(3):141-9. Review of population-based biobanks for genetic research, and how US public health practitioners and clinicians may be required to participate in planning and regulation of such initiatives (PubMed).

Cancer: division of labour.
Christofori G (2007) Nature 446(7137):735-6. News and views piece on new insights into the role of specific genes in tumorigenesis and metastasis (PubMed).

Genomics: Global views of leukaemia
. Golub TR (2007) Nature 446(7137): 739-40. News and views piece on the identification of common genetic features underlying a form of leukaemia (PubMed).

More evidence to favour newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. Wilcken B, Gaskin K (2007) Lancet 369(9568):1146-7. Commentary accompanying new UK research into the economics of newborn CF screening suggesting that the practice is cost-effective (PubMed).

Genetic screening for cystic fibrosis: An overview of the science and the economics.
Brice P, Jarrett J, Mugford M (2007) J Cyst Fibros. Mar 16; [Epub ahead of print]. Review of the health economics of CF screening (PubMed).

Newborn screening: a literature review. Kayton A (2007) Neonatal Netw26(2):85-95. Review of newborn screening practice in the US, including the use of tandem mass spectrometry (PubMed).

Communicating genetic information in families - a review of guidelines and position papers. Forrest LE, Delatycki MB, Skene L, Aitken M (2007) Eur J Hum Genet. Mar 28 [Epub ahead of print]. Review of ethical / clinical guidelines and policies on the communication of genetic information in families from a total of 18 different organizations in six countries, concluding that there are some gaps that need to be addressed (PubMed).

The latest edition of the journal Current Opinion in Cardiology has some review articles on the genetics of different common cardiac disorders:

A review of the genetics of essential hypertension.
Binder A (2007) Curr Opin Cardiol22(3):176-84. Review (PubMed).

Genetics of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: one, two, or more diseases?
Bos JM, Ommen SR, Ackerman MJ (2007) Curr Opin Cardiol22(3):193-9. Review (PubMed).

The genetics of congenital heart disease: a review of recent developments.
Weismann CG, Gelb BD
(2007) Curr Opin Cardiol22(3):200-6. Review (PubMed).

Human rights and ethics in genomic research: rethinking the model. Ashcroft RE (2007) Pharmacogenomics8(4):391-5. Opinion piece on the ethical governance of collections of human material for genomic research, proposing a change from a protection-oriented to a development-oriented model (PubMed).

Impact of pharmacogenomics on clinical practice in oncology. Marsh S (2007) Mol Diagn Ther. 11(2):79-82. Review of progress towards the incorporation of pharmacogenomics into cancer therapeutics and management (PubMed).

Sporadic colorectal cancer and individual susceptibility: A review of the association studies investigating the role of DNA repair genetic polymorphisms.Naccarati A, Pardini B, Hemminki K, Vodicka P (2007) Mutat Res. Feb 28; [Epub ahead of print]. Systematic review that fails to identify any reliable associations between genetic variants and colorectal cancer (PubMed).

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