Among All the Bugs

Metagenomic sequencing may soon be a tool to identify which bacterium is making a patient sick, says news@JAMA. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association used such a culture-free approach to identify the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli behind an outbreak in Germany in 2011.

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