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  1. There is an urgent need to develop vaccines against emerging diseases, including those caused by pathogens that are currently unknown to cause human disease, termed ‘disease X’. Here, Zika virus infection is c...

    Authors: Alan D. T. Barrett
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2018 10:47
  2. CRISPR–Cas systems have provided revolutionary tools for genome editing. The discovery of Cas proteins with alternative activities has now enabled sensitive and robust tools for detecting nucleic acids. Recent...

    Authors: Dipali G. Sashital
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2018 10:32
  3. New computational and database-driven tools are emerging to aid in the interpretation of cancer genomic data as its use becomes more common in clinical evidence-based cancer medicine. Two such open source tool...

    Authors: Elaine R. Mardis
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2018 10:28
  4. Novel associations between the human microbiome and health and disease are routinely emerging, and important host–microbiome interactions are targets for new diagnostics and therapeutics. Understanding how bro...

    Authors: Joseph F. Petrosino
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2018 10:12
  5. Specific prophylactic migraine treatments are urgently needed because of the unmet needs of many migraine patients. Antibodies targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or its receptor have recently sho...

    Authors: Antoinette MaassenVanDenBrink, Gisela M. Terwindt and Arn M. J. M. van den Maagdenberg
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2018 10:10
  6. The translation of personal genomics to precision medicine depends on the accurate interpretation of the multitude of genetic variants observed for each individual. However, even when genetic variants are pred...

    Authors: Gustavo Glusman, Peter W. Rose, Andreas Prlić, Jennifer Dougherty, José M. Duarte, Andrew S. Hoffman, Geoffrey J. Barton, Emøke Bendixen, Timothy Bergquist, Christian Bock, Elizabeth Brunk, Marija Buljan, Stephen K. Burley, Binghuang Cai, Hannah Carter, JianJiong Gao…
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:113
  7. Antibiotics have become the standard of care for bacterial infections. However, rising rates of antibiotic-resistant infections are outpacing the development of new antimicrobials. Broad-spectrum antibiotics a...

    Authors: Alexandra E. Paharik, Henry L. Schreiber IV, Caitlin N. Spaulding, Karen W. Dodson and Scott J. Hultgren
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:110
  8. Genome-wide association studies have made strides in identifying common variation associated with disease. The modest effect sizes preclude risk prediction based on single genetic variants, but polygenic risk ...

    Authors: Cathryn M. Lewis and Evangelos Vassos
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:96
  9. Genome editing using clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated proteins offers the potential to facilitate safe and effective treatment of genetic diseases refra...

    Authors: Dianne Nicol, Lisa Eckstein, Michael Morrison, Jacob S. Sherkow, Margaret Otlowski, Tess Whitton, Tania Bubela, Kathryn P. Burdon, Don Chalmers, Sarah Chan, Jac Charlesworth, Christine Critchley, Merlin Crossley, Sheryl de Lacey, Joanne L. Dickinson, Alex W. Hewitt…
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:85
  10. Advances in molecular tools to characterize the microbiome have led to the discovery of unique roles for microbes in human disease. Findings that the female genital microbiome can influence HIV acquisition and...

    Authors: Lenine J. P. Liebenberg, Derseree Archary, Aida Sivro and Douglas S. Kwon
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:74
  11. Biomedical research is becoming increasingly large-scale and international. Cloud computing enables the comprehensive integration of genomic and clinical data, and the global sharing and collaborative processi...

    Authors: Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Rupert Lueck, Sergei Yakneen and Jan O. Korbel
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:58
  12. Recent advances in genome sequencing of single microbial cells enable the assignment of functional roles to members of the human microbiome that cannot currently be cultured. This approach can reveal the genom...

    Authors: Andrew C. Tolonen and Ramnik J. Xavier
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:56
  13. Recent advances in β-cell regeneration in vivo are providing insights into the mechanisms involved in the conversion of distinct pancreatic cell lineages into β cells. These mechanisms mostly involve reactivat...

    Authors: Solomon Afelik and Meritxell Rovira
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2017 9:42

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genome Medicine 2017 9:52

  14. Combinations of therapies are being actively pursued to expand therapeutic options and deal with cancer’s pervasive resistance to treatment. Research efforts to discover effective combination treatments have f...

    Authors: Jonathan R. Dry, Mi Yang and Julio Saez-Rodriguez
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:125
  15. Precision medicine (PM) can be defined as a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory healthcare service delivery model. Recent developments in molecular biology and information technology make P...

    Authors: Gabrielle Bertier, Jian Carrot-Zhang, Vassilis Ragoussis and Yann Joly
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:108
  16. Advances in genetic analysis have revealed new complexities in the interpretation of genetic variants. Correct assessment of a genetic variant relies on the clinical context and knowledge of the underlying bio...

    Authors: Eric Q. Konnick and Colin C. Pritchard
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:100
  17. The World Health Organization has declared Zika virus an international public health emergency. Knowledge of Zika virus genomic epidemiology is currently limited due to challenges in obtaining and processing s...

    Authors: Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Ester C. Sabino, Marcio R. T. Nunes, Luiz Carlos Junior Alcantara, Nicholas J. Loman and Oliver G. Pybus
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:97
  18. Medicine and healthcare are undergoing profound changes. Whole-genome sequencing and high-resolution imaging technologies are key drivers of this rapid and crucial transformation. Technological innovation comb...

    Authors: Charles Auffray, Rudi Balling, Inês Barroso, László Bencze, Mikael Benson, Jay Bergeron, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Niklas Blomberg, Christoph Bock, Ana Conesa, Susanna Del Signore, Christophe Delogne, Peter Devilee, Alberto Di Meglio, Marinus Eijkemans, Paul Flicek…
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:71

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Genome Medicine 2016 8:118

  19. The identification of somatic mosaicism in the brain lends a new perspective to our understanding of the role of gene and environment interactions in psychiatric disease risk. Somatic mutations, such as retrot...

    Authors: Tracy A. Bedrosian, Sara Linker and Fred H. Gage
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:58
  20. There is a growing realization that the gut–brain axis plays a key role in maintaining brain health and the stress response. Recently, the gut microbiota has emerged as a master regulator of this axis. Thus, o...

    Authors: Timothy G. Dinan and John F. Cryan
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:36
  21. Management, manipulation, and restoration of a robust vaginal microbiota has the potential to vastly improve women’s health and disease prevention. However, a systems level understanding of how the vaginal mic...

    Authors: Jacques Ravel and Rebecca M. Brotman
    Citation: Genome Medicine 2016 8:35