The cholera strain that is devastating Haiti likely originated from Southeast Asia, reports researchers from Boston and Pacific Biosciences. In the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers describe using PacBio's single-molecule real-time DNA sequencing method to distinguish the cholera strain circulating in Haiti from others found in Latin America and the US Gulf Coast.

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