The Initiative on Genomics & Public Health
How we define genomics
Genomics is the study of the total or part of the genetic or epigenetic sequence information of organisms, and attempts to understand the structure and function of these sequences and of downstream biological products. Genomics in health examines the molecular mechanisms and the interplay of this molecular information and health interventions and environmental factors in disease.
Note: human genomics is not the only part of genomics relevant to human health. Our genome interacts with those of a myriad other organisms, including plants, vectors and pathogens. We consider genomics across all organisms, as relevant to public heath in human populations. In addition to genomics knowledge, we also considers technologies that make use of genomics knowledge.
How we define genomics and public health
The responsible and effective translation of genome-based knowledge and
technologies for the benefit of population health.