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Genomic Surveillance

Researchers at the US Food and Drug Administration, the University of California, Davis, Agilent Technologies, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are teaming up to produce a public database of 100,000 food-borne pathogen genomes to help scientists quickly identify the bacteria responsible for food-related outbreaks, FDA announced. The agency says it will provide "more than 500 already completed Salmonella whole-genome draft sequences, thousands of additional important food pathogen strains for sequencing, and bioinformatic support."

Margaret Hamburg, the FDA commissioner, says in a statement that "this important project will harness the cutting-edge technology of genome sequencing to advance our understanding of and response to food-borne outbreaks."

Agilent's Mike McMullen adds that the group views "this project as a way to improve quality of life for a great many people, while minimizing a major business risk for food producers and distributors."

Daily Scan's sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this initiative.

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