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Title: Whole genome sequencing in clinical and public health microbiology.
Austin Authors: Kwong, Jason C ;McCallum, N;Sintchenko, V;Howden, Benjamin P 
Affiliation: 1Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the University of Melbourne, at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, Vic Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Vic 3Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 4Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW 5Department of Microbiology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2015
Publication information: Pathology; 47(3): 199-210
Abstract: Genomics and whole genome sequencing (WGS) have the capacity to greatly enhance knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.The growth and availability of bench-top WGS analysers has facilitated the feasibility of genomics in clinical and public health microbiology.Given current resource and infrastructure limitations, WGS is most applicable to use in public health laboratories, reference laboratories, and hospital infection control-affiliated laboratories.As WGS represents the pinnacle for strain characterisation and epidemiological analyses, it is likely to replace traditional typing methods, resistance gene detection and other sequence-based investigations (e.g., 16S rDNA PCR) in the near future.Although genomic technologies are rapidly evolving, widespread implementation in clinical and public health microbiology laboratories is limited by the need for effective semi-automated pipelines, standardised quality control and data interpretation, bioinformatics expertise, and infrastructure.
Gov't Doc #: 25730631
DOI: 10.1097/PAT.0000000000000235
Type: Journal Article
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