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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Illinois researchers build genomic platform to further understand E. coli

In August 2015, three children in three separate northern Indiana counties were sickened by Escherichia coli O157:H7, and one of them died.

Bacterial outbreaks like these send public health officials into overdrive as they search for the source of the contamination. Was it undercooked meat, unwashed produce, juice that wasn’t fully pasteurized? Did the children have contact with each other?

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