By Monica Heger

With a new Roche 454 GS Junior, researchers at St. Luke's Medical Center in the Philippines will begin characterizing the genetic diversity of viral and bacterial pathogens of the Philippines as well as sequence banked clinical samples from patients with mysterious diseases.

The sequencing effort has two aims: to characterize genetic diversity of pathogens and to eventually develop better diagnostics and treatments for viral and bacterial strains that are specific to the Philippines.

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