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7 Tips: How to be up-to-date in genetics/genomics?

As I plan to pledge my life to personalized genetics/genomics and my hobby is writing about the relationship between web 2.0 and medicine, then this is a crucial question to me. I try to give you some tips on how to be up-to-date on the field of genetics/genomics.

1. Follow the most reliable genetic sites:


2. Follow the best genetic blogs:

3. Use RSS web feed and follow the genetic journals:

Via RSS web feed, you don’t have to run through all of these blogs, sites and journals, but the information will come to you automatically. A fantastic example is Philippe Campeau‘s (OMMBID Blog) list of subscriptions in Google Reader which is public now. You can find there nearly 50 genetic journals.

4. Use services/tools:

I recommend to use but never forget the words of Ves Dimov:

UpToDate is useful and at least for me, easy to use… How many times I have not found the answer to a clinical question in UpToDate? Many. Then I try Pubmed and the plain Google search which have always been helpful.

I don’t think anybody should be dependent on a single source. If one cannot practice medicine without UpToDate, may be one should not practice at all.


5. Follow the blog carnivals:

Gene Genie is the blog carnival of genes and gene-related diseases. Its mission is to cover the whole genome before 2082, but it also contains articles on the news of genomics and clinical genetics.

Mendel’s Garden: this carnival is devoted to genetics.


6. Follow the genetic wikis:

Through this link, you’ll find many genetics-related wikis and Wikimedia projects.


7. Your choice: how can you be up-to-date in genetics/genomics?

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lisa #

    Hi Berci, thanks for the plug! It’s wonderful to be included in the company of the scientific genetics bloggers, yourself included.

    July 31, 2007
  2. Lisa, you’re most welcome! And it’s our pleasure. :)

    July 31, 2007
  3. UptoDate is a kind of non systematic reviews.
    From Ameican College of Medical Genetics Annual Meeting 2007, there was an oral presentation about web resources on medical genetics, the presentor reviewed the accuracy, the velocity to find the answers, the coverage of four tools: uptodate, genetests, medscape and onother one I can’t remember. The result shown that accuracy is OK for uptodate and genetests , but no any source is appropriate for primary care practitioner who have a limitation of time to find informations. She suggested to develop more reliable and more practical tools for Primary Care doctor in the future.
    I feel that UptoDate do not cover many issues in medical genetics and subject specific like Genetests is more appropriate to update knowledge in genetics and of course, not rely on any single source.
    Best regards

    November 20, 2007
  4. Thank you for your comment! I’ll follow your blog from now.

    Anyway, I know we need new tools for clinical geneticists:

    November 20, 2007
  5. The 8th Tip:

    A Google Gadget to keep you updated!

    The Google Gadget Gateway to PubMed (G3P) allows one to track authoritative source of information from PubMed subconsiously.

    February 24, 2008
  6. If you want to see other Genetics information in video format then go to This site has a wide variety of medical videos and other interesting science video as well. Look in the Channels section.

    July 24, 2009
  7. Its a good idea to use Google Gadget to keep you updated as well!

    April 19, 2010

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