Public perceptions of bacterial whole-genome sequencing for tuberculosis

Anna Davies, Stephen Scott, Shirlene Badger, M. Estée Török*, Sharon Peacock

*Corresponding author for this work

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    The ability to sequence a bacterial genome in less than 1 day represents a step change for clinical microbiology. Genomic data can be used to investigate suspected outbreaks and rapidly to identify multidrug-resistant organisms. We held an open public debate to explore public understanding and perceptions of bacterial whole-genome sequencing (WGS), which we describe here.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-60
    Number of pages3
    JournalTrends in Genetics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    This work was supported by a grant from the Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, and the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF-T5-342 and WT098600) and Public Health England (to S.J.P.) and through funding from the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. M.E.T. is a Clinician Scientist Fellow, supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Health Foundation.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


    • Bacteria
    • Public perception
    • Tuberculosis
    • Whole-genome sequencing


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