This summer, Germany was ravaged by an E. coli outbreak that sickened 3,500 people and killed 50. Several research groups around the world quickly mobilized their labs to sequence the bug's genome and analyze it, identifying effective treatment options within days. The University of Maryland School of Medicine's David Rasko was one of the American researchers who teamed up with a group from Denmark's Staten Serums Institut to sequence the bacterium and investigate the epidemiology of the outbreak.

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