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Commentary - Journal of Genetics and Molecular Biology (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3

The Influence of Genetic Variants on Human Disease Susceptibility: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives.

William Haiman*

Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

*Corresponding Author:
William Haiman
Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, University of Southern California, USA

Received: 02-May -2023, Manuscript No. AAGMB-23-102770; Editor assigned: 02-May-2023, PreQC No. AAGMB-23-102770 (PQ); Reviewed:17-May-2023, QC No. AAGMB-23-102770; Revised: 23 -May-2023, Manuscript No. AAGMB-23-102770 (R); Published: 30-May-2023, DOI:10.35841/aagmb-7.3.147

Citation: Haiman W. The influence of genetic variants on human disease susceptibility: Recent advances and future perspectives. J Genet Mol Biol. 2023;7(3):147

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Genetic variants are variations in the DNA sequence that can influence an individual's susceptibility to various diseases. They can range from single nucleotide changes to larger structural alterations in the genome. Over the years, extensive research has been conducted to elucidate the role of genetic variants in human disease susceptibility, leading to significant advancements in our understanding of the underlying mechanisms [1].

Numerous studies have demonstrated the association between specific genetic variants and disease susceptibility. For instance, in the realm of cancer genetics, mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been identified as major risk factors for breast and ovarian cancers. Similarly, certain variants in the APOE gene have been linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. These findings highlight the importance of genetic variants as key contributors to disease susceptibility [2].

GWAS have emerged as powerful tools to identify genetic variants associated with common diseases. These studies involve scanning the entire genome of individuals to detect genetic variations that are more common in individuals with a particular disease compared to healthy controls. GWAS have successfully identified numerous genetic variants associated with various diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

While GWAS primarily focus on common diseases, rare genetic variants play a crucial role in Mendelian disorders characterized by strong genetic determinants. Next-generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized the identification of these variants, allowing researchers to unravel the genetic basis of rare disorders. Studying rare genetic variants not only enhances our understanding of disease mechanisms but also presents opportunities for targeted therapeutic interventions [3].

PRS combine information from multiple genetic variants to assess an individual's genetic susceptibility to a specific disease. By considering the cumulative effect of multiple variants, PRS provide a more comprehensive assessment of disease risk. The development of PRS has paved the way for personalized medicine, allowing for early disease detection, risk stratification, and tailored interventions.

Advancements in functional genomics have shed light on the functional consequences of genetic variants and their interactions with environmental factors. Techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and gene expression profiling have elucidated the biological mechanisms through which genetic variants influence disease susceptibility. Moreover, gene-environment interactions have been identified as critical modulators of disease risk, emphasizing the importance of studying the interplay between genetic and environmental factors [4].

The field of genetics and molecular biology is continuously evolving, and several exciting prospects lie ahead. Integrating multi-omics data, including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, will provide a holistic understanding of disease susceptibility. Additionally, advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms will enable the development of robust predictive models for disease risk assessment. Furthermore, the emerging field of epigenetics will uncover the role of genetic variants in mediating gene regulation and disease susceptibility [5].


Recent advances in genomic technologies, coupled with comprehensive analytical approaches, have significantly enhanced our understanding of the influence of genetic variants on human disease susceptibility. As we move forward, it is essential to leverage these advancements to unravel the complex genetic architecture underlying diseases, ultimately leading to improved diagnostic strategies, targeted therapies, and personalized medicine.


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