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    Annotating genomic sequences

    Paul Flicek and Graham Ritchie review computational approaches to functionally annotating the ‘variome’. Such approaches are needed as the number of identified variants in genomic sequences grows.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:87
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    PDE5 inhibitors have cardioprotective effects

    Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors are commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction; evidence from a meta-analysis suggests that these drugs also protect against cardiac remodelling, indicating that they could be used to treat heart disease.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:185
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    Protein pockets guide cancer driver discovery

    A computational approach to investigate 1.2 million somatic mutations in 36 cancer types using 3D protein structure information to identify putative cancer drivers and drug response biomarkers.

    Genome Medicine 2014, 6:81
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    Combined therapy may help heavy smokers

    A clinical trial finds a combination of varenicline and nicotine patches improves smoking cessation when compared to varenicline alone, but only in heavier smokers, warranting further work to confirm this finding.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:172

    A method for identifying enriched regions in ChIP-Seq experiments

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:474

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Human Genomics has now launched and is accepting submissions

Previously published by Henry Stewart Publications, Human Genomics has now launched and is accepting submissions under BioMed Central's open access platform. Edited by Prof. Vasilis Vasiliou, the journal aims to facilitate rapid publication and stimulate discussion within the human genomic field. The journal welcomes manuscripts relating to the application of genomic analysis in the understanding, treatment and diagnosis of complex and Mendelian diseases, as well as reports of the genomic analysis of adverse drug reactions, drug efficacy and safety.

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Cancer biomarkers


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Reconceptualizing major depressive disorder as an infectious disease

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Clinical proteomics


Allergy-associated T cell epitope repertoires are surprisingly diverse and include non-IgE reactive antigens

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