genomics & society


The Center for Genomics and Society, (CGS), is a Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Human Genetics Research Institute (grant # P50HG004488).  The CGS is a multidisciplinary center that supports and promotes research into ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) in genomics.

The Genomics & Society blog is a virtual way to present and discuss information to help foster understanding and communication about current topics in medical and human genomics especially among trainees and investigators at the CGS but open to others with an interest in these topics.

Anyone may read the posts and the comments.  While we welcome comments, these will be monitored.  First time contributors of comments must be approved by the administrator.  Thereafter, their comments will automatically be posted. 

Contributing Posts:
We also welcome posts on relevant topics.  If you wish to submit a post, please contact the web administrator, Myra Roche, at

Blog Participants:
There are two categories of blog participants.  A contributor can write and edit their own posts but cannot publish them.  He or she submits the post to the administrator for review.  Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published,  it can no longer be edited by the contributor.

While everyone has read-only status, a follower receives updates when a new post is published.   Use the RSS subscribe link to become a follower.

The opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual authors and not necessarily reflective of the CGS or the NIH.


Myra I. Roche, M.S., C.G.C. is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Chief of Projects Operations for NCGENES, a clinical exome sequencing research study, an investigator in the The Center for Genomics and Society, (CGS), a Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) at UNC, Chapel Hill and a certified genetic counselor.

A special thanks to Bonnie Jones for helping with the initial set up of the blog and to Dragana Lassiter for her help in making the blog functional.


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