Nature special issue on human genetics

The flow of human genetic information is growing into a deluge: from high throughput sequencing to genome wide association studies to copy number variation to personal genetic tests. In today’s (8 October 2009) issue, Nature assesses their biological and medical value so far and asks – where should the field go next?

Nature ’s special issue on human genetics can be found here.

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Opinion: An agenda for personalized medicine

Nature 461, 724-726 (2009).

Pauline C. Ng, Sarah S. Murray, Samuel Levy and J. Craig Venter find differences in results from two direct-toconsumer genetics-testing companies. They therefore give nine recommendations to improve predictions.

News Feature: Human genetics: Hit or miss?

Nature 461, 712-714 (2009).

Genome-wide association studies have identified hundreds of genetic clues to disease. Kelly Rae Chi looks at three to see just how on-target the approach seems to be.

Review Article: Finding the missing heritability of complex diseases

Teri A. Manolio et al. Nature 461, 747-753 (2009).

An examination of the potential sources of missing heritability and possible research strategies to enhance the potential of genetics of complex diseases for effective prevention or treatment.

And this week’s Nature podcast features an interview with Pauline Ng in which she discusses personal genomics and other highlights from the special issue.

More from Nature’s human genomics special issue.

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