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The second full day of the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting was chock-full of 'omics-related research.

In a Monday morning plenary on interrogating microbial genomes, Christopher Lee from the University of California, Los Angeles, described a phenotype sequencing approach to screen multiple independent microbial mutants using high-throughput sequencing. Using a two-fold pooling library prep and sequencing approach as well as his group's Phenoseq package is a cost-effective method to efficiently identify the cause of a particular mutant phenotype, Lee said.

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