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Trends Microbiol. 2004 Aug;12(8):373-7.

Multilocus sequence typing--what is resolved?

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Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, UK.


Nucleotide sequence-based methods for bacterial typing (multilocus sequence typing; MLST) allow rapid and global comparisons between results from different laboratories. Combining this advantage with the reduced cost of high throughput sequencing, increasing automation and the amenability of sequence data for evolutionary analysis, it seems inevitable that sequence-based typing will eventually predominate over gel-based methods such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) for most bacterial species. The increasing availability of multiple genome sequences for single pathogenic species, and the recent development of many new MLST schemes, means that a re-examination of the utility of multilocus sequencing, and in particular the choice of gene loci, is now appropriate.

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