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NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.

NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. It draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.

The mission statement of the NHMRC is 'Building a healthy Australia'.

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Epigenetics and health | NHMRC

This resource provides information about epigenetics and health. The term epigenetics (outside or above genetics) was coined in the 1940s by Conrad Waddington, a biologist who was keen to understand how cells changed during development. At that time, scientists only understood that switching specific sets of genes on and off did not involve changing the primary DNA sequence, the linear arrangement of the DNA bases adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G).

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Evidence on the effects of lead on human health | NHMRC

TheStatement updates previous work by NHMRC and is based on the findings of a comprehensive independent assessment of the scientific evidence on the effects of lead on human health, which is summarised in the Information Paper.TheInformation Paper provides Australians with a summary of the evidence on the health effects oflead and how these health risks can be minimised. It is based on the findings of a comprehensiveindependent review of recent evidence,which was commissioned by NHMRC.

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Sequencing your genome | NHMRC

Although this is still relatively expensive, it is likely that in the near future it will become affordable and readily available.1

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The human genome | NHMRC

The human genome consists of the complete set of human genetic material that is contained in a human cell. In most human cells, the genetic material is made up of long DNA strands that are packaged into 23 pairs of chromosomes. In contrast, eggs and sperm have 23 unpaired chromosomes that parents pass on to their offspring. The offspring then inherit one copy of each chromosome from each parent and this means that siblings have, on average, about half of their DNA in common. More distant relatives have less DNA in common.

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Making decisions about tests and treatments | NHMRC

Better communication benefits patients by increasing the confidence in their care, and medical professionals by making clinical practice more effective and satisfying.

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Stem Cell Treatments Frequently Asked Questions | NHMRC

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NHMRC Statement: Evidence on wind farms and human health | NHMRC

TheNHMRC Statement: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Healthwas prepared on the advice of the Council of NHMRC after consideration of a comprehensive assessment of the evidence.

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Use of genetic information in sport | NHMRC

DNA testing can be used for a number of purposes not related to health. One area of interest is the potential for DNA testing and genetic profiles in sport applications such as talent identification, individualised training programs and avoidance of sport-related injury.

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Understanding Direct-to-Consumer genetic DNA testing | NHMRC

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Genomics resources for consumers | NHMRC

The Human GenomeThis resource provides information about the human genome and how diseases or conditions can be caused by genetic mutations.The human genome consists of the complete set of human genetic material that is contained in a human cell. In most human cells, the genetic material is made up of long DNA strands that are packaged into 23 pairs of chromosomes. A genetic disease or condition is caused by one or more genetic changes to the DNA code.

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