COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY (GenomeWeb) – Using the metagenomics analysis tool Taxonomer, researchers have been able to quickly tease out what pathogens are present in clinical and other samples, according to the University of Utah's Aurélie Kapusta.

In addition, the Utah researchers, along with Arup Laboratories and bioinformatics startup IDbyDNA, have developed a Taxonomer-based clinical sequencing test to help diagnose respiratory disease, Kapusta said at the Biology of Genomes meeting held here this week.

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