Special Issue "Human Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Disease Diagnostics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014
Prof. Dr. Emil Alexov
Computational Biophysics and Bioinformatics, Department of Physics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Phone: +1 864 656 5307
Fax: +1 864 656 0805
Interests: computational modeling of biological macromolecules
Human DNA is not identical among individuals and this causes natural differences among races and ethnic populations, and also among healthy individuals and individuals susceptible to diseases. While natural differences between humans are harmless and are essential to maintain the diversity of human population, the DNA defects leading to high risks of disease are unwanted and need to be discovered, in the best case scenario, even before the patient gets sick. This approach, known as personalized diagnostics is currently being extensively developed by many researchers in both academia and corporate industry. A successful development of tools, both computational and experimental, for predicting disease-causing DNA differences would have several important outcomes: (a) it would allow patients at high risk to develop this disease to be diagnosed ahead of the time and to be prescribed preventive treatment; (b) it would allow already sick patients to receive personalized diagnostics and a treatment more suitable for their genetic disorder; and (c) it would improve parental screening for those who are planning to have children. In the long run, such a development will be at the core of personalized medicine allowing therapy to be individually tailored to the patient’s own genome. This Special Issue will contain articles describing new advances in the science of understanding human polymorphism and disease diagnostics.
Professor Dr. Emil Alexov
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
- missense mutations
- personalized diagnostics
- personalized medicine
- human DNA variations
- disease-causing mutations
Article: The Brachyury Gly177Asp SNP Is not Associated with a Risk of Skull Base Chordoma in the Chinese Population
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(11), 21258-21265; doi:10.3390/ijms141121258
Received: 27 May 2013; in revised form: 25 September 2013 / Accepted: 15 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013| Download PDF Full-text (205 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 2 October 2013