Human Genetics programme

Genetic research


The role of genetic research is indispensable in the ever challenging fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. Main areas of genetic research include:

  • genetic testing
  • gene therapy
  • reproductive genomics
  • genetic databanks and pharmacogenomics

Researchers and policy makers alike are continuously assessing the value of this research in terms of its utility and cost-effectiveness for public health.

To provide information on genetic research, this section includes online articles from journals that address recent discoveries, advanced technologies, and current treatment options in the area of genetic.

Online resources in genetic and health research

  • Initiative on genomics & public health
  • Ethical standards and procedures for research with human beings
  • HINARI: Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative
    WHO's very own HINARI provides a vast library of the latest and best information on public health: more than 2,000 scientific publications, one of the world's largest collections of biomedical literature. This collection is available through the efforts of WHO together with the 6 biggest biomedical publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters Kluwer International Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley.
  • INASP: International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
    INASP-Health is a cooperative network of more than 1000 organizations and individuals worldwide, working together to improve access to relevant, reliable information for health professionals in developing and emerging countries. Participation is free of charge and without obligation.
  • Entrez
    Entrez is a retrieval system designed to search numerous databases, journals and web sites including PUBMED, PUBMED Central, GEO, OMIM and GENOME, that are maintained and developed by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
  • Medline
    MEDLINEplus is a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. It has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
  • SHARED: Science for Health and Research for Development
    SHARing health information from around the globe! Find people and their activities like projects, journal articles, abstracts and mailing list postings from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America.


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