By Ben Butkus

Having sequenced the genome of Escherichia coli O104, the antibiotic-resistant E. coli strain responsible for killing at least 25 people in Germany and sickening thousands more worldwide, separate teams from Life Technologies and BGI said this week that they have developed PCR-based tests to detect the bacterium and help public health officials identify and track future outbreaks.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

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