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Scientists Rush to Study Genome of Lethal E. coli

Science  10 Jun 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6035, pp. 1249-1250
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6035.1249

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As Science went to press, scientists have not been able to find the source of the deadliest outbreak of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) bacteria on record. Yet they are getting to know the pathogen causing it in unprecedented detail, aided by an armada of scientists around the world who are analyzing available genomic data on the fly and, via tweets, wikis, and blogs, disseminating results online.

  • * Kai Kupferschmidt is a writer in Berlin.