The Microbiome and Human Genomics scientific interest group (G-SIG) gathers experts and stakeholders with an interest in personalized medicine guided by genomic information. Areas of focus include personal genomics, pathogen genomics, and the human microbiome.
Advances in high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques have triggered a revolution in our ability to generate genomic information in disease research. These techniques may be used to sequence single genomes from both humans and microbial pathogens, but also allow for deep sequencing of the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside on and within humans. Accordingly, the technological advancements open for an opportunity to use knowledge about the genetic makeup of humans, pathogens, and microbiomes to predict and understand phenotypes.