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Welcome to PathoGenetics

Published inPathoGenetics, vol. 1, no. 1, 1
Publication date2008

Disease gene identification has made enormous strides in the past twenty years through functional, positional and candidate gene approaches, and more recently by the exploitation of genome-wide strategies. However, although pathogenic mutations in over 2000 genes have been identified as causative of human diseases, much less is known about the relationship between the molecular defects and mechanisms that lead to disease pathology and symptoms. Recent advances in diverse fields such as genomics, proteomics, cell biology, as well as studies on transgenic animals have greatly accelerated our understanding of the biochemical and cellular basis of many diseases but much still remains to be discovered. The current challenge is to understand the molecular and metabolic pathways by which a particular pathogenic variation leads to a specific phenotype. The study of abnormal conditions is of crucial importance for the understanding of normal physiology and often provides us with the rationale for the development of novel therapeutic strategies.

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BALLABIO, Andrea, ANTONARAKIS, Stylianos. Welcome to PathoGenetics. In: PathoGenetics, 2008, vol. 1, n° 1, p. 1. doi: 10.1186/1755-8417-1-1
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