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Gene technology may offer new weapon against disease outbreaks
Modern Healthcare

Gene-sequencing technologies may help providers identify and characterize bacterial pathogens during an outbreak, such as the E. coli outbreak in Germany that sickened thousands of people in 2011. Using metagenomics, which is the direct sequencing of DNA extracted from microbiologically complex samples and has been used to identify the cause of outbreaks of viral infections, researchers reconstructed the genome sequence of that outbreak strain without using laboratory culture, according to a study published in JAMA.