Kelly Westbrooks

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BACKGROUND RNA viruses infecting a host usually exist as a set of closely related sequences, referred to as quasispecies. The genomic diversity of viral quasispecies is a subject of great interest, particularly for chronic infections, since it can lead to resistance to existing therapies. High-throughput sequencing is a promising approach to characterizing(More)
Understanding how the genomes of viruses mutate and evolve within infected individuals is critically important in epidemiology. By exploiting knowledge of the forces that guide viral microevolution, researchers can design drugs and treatments that are effective against newly evolved strains. Therefore, it is critical to develop a method for typing the(More)
Constructing a complete human haplotype map is helpful when associating complex diseases with their related SNPs. Unfortunately, the number of SNPs is very large and it is costly to sequence many individuals. Therefore, it is desirable to reduce the number of SNPs that should be sequenced to a small number of informative representatives called tag SNPs. In(More)
In this paper, we introduce a new method of combined synthesis and inference of biological signal transduction networks. A main idea of our method lies in representing observed causal relationships as network paths and using techniques from combinatorial optimization to find the sparsest graph consistent with all experimental observations. Our contributions(More)
Like many RNA viruses, Hepatitis C virus (HCV) exists as a set of closely related sequences (quasispecies). The diversity of the quasispecies sequences can explain vaccines failures and virus resistance to existing therapies. Would the most virulent quasispecies are known in an infected host, the more effective treatment would be given to a patient. Since(More)
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