By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Data detailed on Genomics have been presented. According to news reporting originating in Lausanne, Switzerland, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The recent advances in sequencing technologies have given all microbiology laboratories access to whole genome sequencing. Providing that tools for the automated analysis of sequence data and databases for associated meta-data are developed, whole genome sequencing will become a routine tool for large clinical microbiology laboratories."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, "Indeed, the continuing reduction in sequencing costs and the shortening of the time to result' makes it an attractive strategy in both research and diagnostics. Here, we review how high-throughput sequencing is revolutionizing clinical microbiology and the promise that it still holds. We discuss major applications, which include: (i) identification of target DNA sequences and antigens to rapidly develop diagnostic tools; (ii) precise strain identification for epidemiological typing and pathogen monitoring during outbreaks; and (iii) investigation of strain properties, such as the presence of antibiotic resistance or virulence factors. In addition, recent developments in comparative metagenomics and single-cell sequencing offer the prospect of a better understanding of complex microbial communities at the global and individual levels, providing a new perspective for understanding host-pathogen interactions."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Being a high-resolution tool, high-throughput sequencing will increasingly influence diagnostics, epidemiology, risk management, and patient care."
For more information on this research see: Rapid bacterial genome sequencing: methods and applications in clinical microbiology. Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2013;19(9):803-813. Clinical Microbiology and Infection can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Clinical Microbiology and Infection - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1469-0691)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C. Bertelli, Swiss Inst Bioinformat, Lausanne, Switzerland (see also Genomics).
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Lausanne, Genomics, Switzerland, Bacterial Genome
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