Monday, March 27, 2017

Scientists Confirm Transplant-Associated Infection with SMRT Sequencing

[caption id="attachment_14022" align="alignright" width="300"] Image of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus courtesy of CDC/ Janice Haney Carr[/caption] A new PLoS One publication cites the use of SMRT Sequencing to clarify the transmission path of infection in a transplant recipient. This work is an excellent example of the clinical utility offered by long-read PacBio sequencing. The project was spurred by the frustrating inability to distinguish between hospital-acquired infections and donor-to-recipient infections through solid organ transplants. Scientists and clinicians from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Texas Medical School teamed up to apply advanced sequencing technologies in the case…

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