The collaborative atmosphere that surrounded the public release of genome sequences in the early weeks of this year's European Escherichia coli outbreak has turned into a race for peer-reviewed publication.
A paper published in PLoS One today, by Dag Harmsen from the University of Münster, Germany, and his colleagues, contains the first comparative analysis of the sequence of this year's E. coli outbreak strain (called LB226692 in the publication) and a German isolate from 2001 (called 01-09591), which was held by the E. coli reference laboratory at the University of Münster, headed by Helge Karch. The scientists also compared the two strains with the publicly available genome of strain 55989, isolated in central Africa in the 1990s.
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"Prospective Genomic Characterization of the German Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O104:H4 Outbreak by Rapid Next Generation Sequencing Technology" (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0022751)