By Monica Heger

This article was originally published July 29.

The Escherichia coli outbreak
in Europe, which has claimed upwards of 50 lives, has also been a testing ground for new sequencing platforms, spurring competition between groups to be the first in sequencing, assembling, and analyzing the genome.

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