Since the publication of the first complete microbial genome sequence of in 1995, more than 200 additional microbial genome sequences have become available in the public domain. Approximately 40% of these represent important human pathogens. Comparative in silico methods, along with large-scale approaches such as transcriptomics and proteomics, are beginning to reveal insights into new virulence genes, pathogen-host interactions, and the molecular basis of host specificity. Sequence data are also starting to accumulate from multiple isolates or strains of a single pathogen, and this type of data has proven to be quite valuable in providing new insights into the genetic variability that is present in a particular species as well as in facilitating correlations between genotype and phenotype. Ultimately, a major goal of genome-enabled infectious disease research is the development of novel diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.


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