|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Stanley, SA, Hung, DT|
|Journal||Science translational medicine|
Loss-of-function genetic screens have facilitated great strides in our understanding of the biology of model organisms but have not been possible in diploid human cells. A recent report by Brummelkamp's group in Science describes the use of insertional mutagenesis to generate loss-of-function alleles in a largely haploid human cell line and demonstrates the versatility of this method in screens designed to investigate the host/pathogen interaction. This approach has strengths that are complementary to existing strategies and will facilitate progress toward a systems-level understanding of infectious disease and ultimately the development of new therapeutics.