Genome Medicine is pleased to present a special issue entitled ‘Clinical interpretation of genome variation’, guest edited by Dr Heidi Rehm from the Broad Institute and MGH and Dr Douglas Fowler from the University of Washington. As next-generation sequencing enters the clinic, research and clinical communities still face major challenges in characterizing genome variation including accurate variant classification, interpretation of variants of uncertain significance, understanding non-coding variants, assessing causality for diagnosis as well as addressing incidental findings. This special issue aims to capture the advances made in understanding genome variation in the clinical context covering the breadth of human disease including Mendelian and complex diseases and rare and common diseases, highlighting novel approaches for accurate variant classification, genome-guided diagnostics and prognostics as well as insights into disease mechanisms.
This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare that they have no competing interests. Guest Editors serve an advisory role to guide the scope of the special issue and commissioned content; final editorial decisions lie with the Editor.