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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Oct;67(10):2307-8. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks247. Epub 2012 Jun 22.

Rapid whole-genome sequencing of bacterial pathogens in the clinical microbiology laboratory--pipe dream or reality?

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Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Box 157, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK. estee.torok@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Abstract

The ability to perform rapid, high-throughput whole-genome sequencing using bench-top platforms represents a step-change in capabilities for diagnostic and public health microbiology laboratories. As the cost of sequencing continues to decline, the challenge will be to define when and where to apply this technology. This article reviews its potential applications in the clinical microbiology laboratory and discusses the current barriers to implementation.

PMID:
22729921
DOI:
10.1093/jac/dks247
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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