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With outbreaks of E. coli sickening people in Germany, cholera in Haiti, and other infections in local areas, researchers are turning to sequencing to understand these microbes, reports Gina Kolata in The New York Times. She draws on the example of a patient who died in Houston from what looked like anthrax. By sequencing the bacteria, James Musser and his colleagues determined it was Bacillus cereus, not Bacillus anthracis.

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