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GEN News Highlights : Nov 16, 2012

Featured Video: DNA Sequencing as a Tool Against MRSA

Researchers discuss using next-gen sequencing to distinguish between different strains of this infectious bacteria.

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Scientists recently reported on using DNA sequencing to help end a MRSA outbreak in a hospital in the U.K. In this video, the researchers from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge, and Cambridge University Hospitals discuss how next-generation genome sequencing can provide clinically relevant data on bacterial transmission within a timescale that can influence infection control and patient management. Here, the team recreated a MRSA outbreak that occurred in a neonatal ward and analyzed it using genome sequencing as if in real time. To read about how they used the technology to combat a current outbreak in real time, click here.

The researchers note that current laboratory techniques often cannot distinguish between MRSA isolates. Next-generation genome sequencing provides precise information in a fast turnaround time, and could make a clear distinction between MRSA isolates in a way that was not previously possible.

To watch the video, click here.