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Nat Rev Genet. 2016 Aug 16;17(9):507-22. doi: 10.1038/nrg.2016.86.

Towards precision medicine.

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Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, Falk Cardiovascular Research Building, Stanford Medicine, 870 Quarry Road, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


There is great potential for genome sequencing to enhance patient care through improved diagnostic sensitivity and more precise therapeutic targeting. To maximize this potential, genomics strategies that have been developed for genetic discovery - including DNA-sequencing technologies and analysis algorithms - need to be adapted to fit clinical needs. This will require the optimization of alignment algorithms, attention to quality-coverage metrics, tailored solutions for paralogous or low-complexity areas of the genome, and the adoption of consensus standards for variant calling and interpretation. Global sharing of this more accurate genotypic and phenotypic data will accelerate the determination of causality for novel genes or variants. Thus, a deeper understanding of disease will be realized that will allow its targeting with much greater therapeutic precision.

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