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Genomics. 2011 Oct;98(4):233-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2011.07.006. Epub 2011 Aug 2.

Annotating individual human genomes.

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The Scripps Translational Science Institute, USA.

Abstract

Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have made it possible to rapidly, accurately and affordably sequence entire individual human genomes. As impressive as this ability seems, however, it will not likely amount to much if one cannot extract meaningful information from individual sequence data. Annotating variations within individual genomes and providing information about their biological or phenotypic impact will thus be crucially important in moving individual sequencing projects forward, especially in the context of the clinical use of sequence information. In this paper we consider the various ways in which one might annotate individual sequence variations and point out limitations in the available methods for doing so. It is arguable that, in the foreseeable future, DNA sequencing of individual genomes will become routine for clinical, research, forensic, and personal purposes. We therefore also consider directions and areas for further research in annotating genomic variants.

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21839162
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PMC4074010
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10.1016/j.ygeno.2011.07.006
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