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By a GenomeWeb Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Michigan State University has won a $2.5 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to use genomics to study the release of E. coli into the environment from cattle and into the food supply, the USDA said today.

The research will seek to understand and potentially find ways to reduce the 'shedding' of shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC), which causes more than 70,000 illnesses in people each year.

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