NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In BMC Genomics, Swiss researchers described efforts to sequence and characterize the genome of a previously unknown Gram-negative bacterial species from a family called Alcaligenaceae.

The team performed targeted 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing, whole-genome sequencing, and biochemical analyses on the bug, which had been isolated from the lungs of a deceased parakeet in a Swiss pet store.

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