Educational Resources for the Public

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It's important for the public to be aware of what's available to them in the world of genomics and precision medicine. Various resources are available that provide general and disease-specific information about genomics and precision medicine. A list of some resources available to the public is provided below, but additional resources are likely available through your health provider or other groups such as the US National Institutes of Health.

Testing Labs

Genomic testing for precision medicine is carried out in many academic and commercial laboratories. The following search engines facilitate location of specific tests and testing labs.

The Genetic Testing Registry

The Genetic testing registry (GTR®) provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. The scope includes the test's purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test's usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials. This overarching goal of GTR is to advance the public health and research into the genetic basis of health and disease.

Learn About Precision Medicine

Personalized Medicine At FDA: The Scope & Significance of Progress in 2019

Explains how 12 personalized treatments and seven diagnostics the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or cleared in 2019 will improve patient care and make the health system more efficient by addressing root causes of rare diseases, expanding treatment options for cancer patients, and targeting therapies to responder populations.

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Includes educational resources and articles written by genomics researchers communicating the science they're doing in the lab to inform, educate and raise awareness about complex topics in genetics and genomics. Website maintained by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in partnership with National Human Genome Research Institute. 

All for Us Research Program 

The largest national project of its kind, the All of Us research program (formerly the Precision Medicine Initiative) aims to recruit 1 million participants from across the US and collect genomic, health and environmental data.

Front Line Genomics

A media organization focusing on genomics, serving people and organizations who generate and use genomic information.

Genomic and Precision Medicine: The Future is Now

Geoff Ginsburg from the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine gives a high level overview of the promise of precision medicine.

American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) education

Provides resources for educating students (from K-12 through post-graduate), health care professionals, health policy makers, the media, and the public about human genetics and its translation to health care practice.


Access Precision Medicine at Duke

Duke Adult Cardiovascular Disease Genetics Clinic
Diagnosing and managing inherited heart disease including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome

Duke Hereditary Cancer Clinic
Offering genetic testing and genetic counseling to people diagnosed with cancer, as well as people who may be at risk of developing cancer

Duke Taskforce for Neonatal Genomics
Bringing patients, researchers, and clinicians together to use genomics to investigate the causes of unexplained medical conditions in children

Resources for Patients


Global Genes
One of the leading rare disease patient advocacy organizations in the world, empowering families of children with rare genetic diseases, providing critical connections and resources that equip advocates to become activists for their disease.

Genetic Alliance
Devoted to promoting optimum health care for people suffering from genetic disorders. Genetic Alliance is one of the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organizations, engaging individuals, families, and communities to find information and interventions for disease and participate in research. Network includes more than 1,200 disease-specific advocacy organizations, as well as thousands of universities, private companies, government agencies, and public policy organizations.

Rare Genomics Institute
An international non-profit that provides access to cutting edge research technologies, physicians, and scientists across the globe. By providing an expert network and an online crowd funding mechanism, RGI helps families pursue personalized research projects for diseases not otherwise studied. 

Global Genetics and Genomics Community (G3C)

Provides interactive unfolding case studies for a self-guided learning experience that simulates a real patient encounter. 

Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC)

The PMC was launched in 2004 to educate the public and policymakers, and to promote new ways of thinking about health care. Today, PMC represents a broad spectrum of more than 200 academic, industry, patient, provider and payer communities, seeking to advance the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts and products for the benefit of patients.

Genetics Home Reference

A guide to understanding genetic conditions, genetic testing and basic genetics from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Guide to Genetic Health Testing

The Personalized Medicine Coalition has developed a guide about genetic testing and questions patients or consumers may consider prior to undergoing or ordering testing.

Data Sharing

Genetic Alliance PEER
The Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly (PEER) enables participants and their caregivers to share their clinical information and biological specimens within an environment that provides the look and feel of familiar, trusted communities under access-permission rules defined by the participants themselves. PEER provides data-entry, data-query, and privacy-management services that are accessed through standard application programming interfaces (APIs).

A for-profit health data-sharing platform,  transforming the way patients manage their own conditions, changing the way industry conducts research and improve patient care.

A unique patient registry that allows you to share your genetic and health information with researchers, clinicians, and others.

Family History

Genomics and Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Genomics
This page contains information about diseases with a good understanding of the genetic causes and patterns of family history, including some cancers and heart disease.

MeTree Risk Assessment Tool
MeTree is a patient-facing web-based family and personal health history collection and clinical decision support program developed by Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine.