New Rochelle, NY, September 22, 2011Innovation in the design of vaccines is rapidly expanding their use, safety, and effectiveness for disease prevention and therapeutic interventions. The enormous potential of OMICS sciences for global health and vaccine design is examined in "Vaccines of the 21st Century and Vaccinomics," a special issue of OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, the peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The issue is available free online.
"Truly a fresh new look at how we design vaccines and apply them judiciously to benefit global health is essential and timely in the present age of data enabled science and postgenomics integrative biology," writes Eugene Kolker, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of OMICS, and Chief Data Officer, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Head, Bioinformatics & High-Throughput Analysis Laboratory, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and the Special Issue Guest Editor Vural Ozdemir (Associate Professor, McGill University, Canada), and co-authors of the Introductory Editorial, Tikki Pang (World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland), Bartha M. Knoppers, Denise Avard, Ma'n H. Zawati (Centre of Genomics and Policy, Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University), and Samer A. Faraj (Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University).
Despite advances in public health in the 21th century, we still lack safe and highly effective vaccines against the common pathogens seriously affecting global society such as neglected tropical diseases and helminth infections, tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. These gaps in global health are deepened further by the lack of development of new antimicrobial drugs. The new field of vaccinomics relies on the integrated use of multi-omics data intensive biotechnologies (e.g., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) to understand individual
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