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Method for Genetic Identification of Unknown Pathogens

A rapid parallel genetic profiling technology that can be used to detect an array of pathogens from a small, complex sample.

Background

Global and regional epidemics have progressed from rampant diseases which wipe out a quarter million of the population, as seen with the Bubonic plague in the 14th century Europe, to contained and short-lived health scares, such as the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. Antibiotics and vaccine development have played an unmistakable role in curtailing a wide variety of infections and diseases, such as the plague and SARS, in that time. Contingent on treating and managing diseases, though, is the ability to rapidly isolate and genetically identify an unknown pathogen from an often convoluted clinical or environmental sample. With the constant threat of a new epidemiological event emerging from nature or by means of a terrorist attack, the need

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