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Researchers from the US and Colombia present an algorithm called STing, designed for analyzing microbial genome sequence data to pick out molecular sequence types, gene sequences, and other key features in the bugs. The method improves on a prior k-mer matching algorithm known as stringMLST, the team says, using tweaks intended to help scale up genome-based molecular typing without losing speed or accuracy.

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