By Monica Heger

This article has been updated from a version posted June 21 to include additional information about the initial assemblies of Ion Torrent reads.

Following the initial sequencing of the Escherichia coli O104 outbreak, which has killed 40 and sickened thousands in Europe, nine isolates have now been sequenced by five different teams on four different sequencing platforms, including the Ion Torrent, Illumina HiSeq, Roche's 454 GS Junior, and most recently the Illumina MiSeq.

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