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Trends Microbiol. 2001 May;9(5):206-8.

The meaning and impact of the human genome sequence for microbiology.

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  • 1Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305-5124, USA. relman@cmgm.stanford.edu


The characterization of life is immeasurably enhanced by determination of complete genome sequences. For organisms that engage in intimate interactions with others, the genome sequence from one participant, and associated tools, provide unique insight into its partner. We discuss how the human genome sequence will further our understanding of microbial pathogens and commensals, and vice versa. We also propose criteria for implicating a host gene in microbial pathogenesis, and urge consideration of a'second human genome project'.

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