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:
- Personalized Medicine Coalition
- Genomics at FDA
- National Human Genome Reearch Institute
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Genetics & Genomics
- Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy
2. Follow the best genetic blogs:
- Cancer Genetics
- Clinical Genetics Blog
- DNA direct
- Epigenetics News
- Eye on DNA
- Gene Expression
- Gene Genie
- Genetics and Health
- OMMBID blog
- The genes Sherpa
- The Genetic Genealogist
- The Personal Genome
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:
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?