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Human health genomics

Genomics is an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information about an individual as part of their clinical care (e.g. for diagnostic or therapeutic decision making) and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use. Genomics has the potential to reshape clinical practice and to fundamentally change the way we prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor illness, providing the opportunity to have more precise and tailored treatments.

Microbial genomics

Microbial genomics is revolutionising the diagnosis, surveillance and control of communicable disease in Australia. It is used to analyse the genomic sequence data of a pathogen to reveal its identity, how it infects humans and how it can evade antimicrobial treatment. In combination with bioinformatics, the value of microbial genomics is being recognised within an increasing number of public health applications to improve the identification, characterisation, detection and source attribution of current and emerging communicable disease outbreaks and threats.

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