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Pathogen Genomics: Empowering Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Investigations

2 July 2020
Frontiers in Public Health

MBI's Professor Vitali Sintchenko editorial article assembles articles on genomic epidemiological approaches to identify sources and mechanisms of transmission of infection and antimicrobial resistance. 

Comparative microbial genomics analysis by high-throughput whole-genome sequencing (WGS) offers exquisite resolution for epidemiological investigations of infectious disease. This approach has revolutionized outbreak detection and monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance across humans, animals, and environment. . Leading experts discuss advances in fine-tuning the WGS laboratory workflows and bioinformatics for analyzing viral, bacterial, and protozoan genomic data as well as best available WGS data sharing and vizualization tools for infectious disease surveillance and control. The Research Topic consists of 13 articles on public health applications of comparative genomics of key human and zoonotic pathogens, including Original research, Reviews, Systematic Review and Curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy reports.


Struelens M, Sintchenko V. Editorial: Pathogen Genomics: Empowering Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Investigations. Front. Public Health, 19 May 2020 |

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