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Striking a blow at foodborne diseases, the 100K Pathogen Genome Project at UC Davis has sequenced the genomes of its first 10 infectious microorganisms, including strains of Salmonella and Listeria.
“We are creating a free, online encyclopedia or reference database of genomes so that during a foodborne disease outbreak, scientists and public health professionals can quickly identify the responsible microorganism and track its source in the food supply using automated information-handling methods,” said Professor Bart Weimer, director of the 100K Genome Project and co-director of BGI@UC Davis, the Sacramento facility where the sequencing is carried out.