Three German organizations have created a consortium to monitor bacterial pathogens and detect outbreaks faster.

The University of Münster, Research Center Borstel and the Robert Koch Institute formed the miGenomeSurv network (microbial genome-based surveillance of infectious agents).

This network is based on national reference laboratories, where infectious agents relevant to
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Researchers say they believe they have found a cheap method to identify bacteria in a few hours on a mobile-phone-sized device.

The bacterial identification method, called ON-rep-seq, examines strain-specific fragments of the bacterial genome, allowing results that earlier required DNA sequencing of the whole bacterial genome. The method also returns
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Use of whole genome sequencing is extremely limited in most developing nations, according to a study.

Researchers found while some countries lack the capacity to collect and analyse the data generated from whole genome sequencing (WGS), the main technical gap in most developing nations is in data interpretation using bioinformatics.
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