Whole genome sequencing of Escherichia coli in healthy commercial pigs
University of Technology and NSW Department of Primary Industries Partnership (AusGEM)
Intensive pig production introduces a significant number of bacteria, most notably E. coli, into the environment through pig faeces. E. coli can cause illness in both humans and livestock and poses a risk to the profitability of animal agriculture. By performing whole genome sequencing of E. coli and the other microbes frequently found in pigs, AusGEM is helping track the spread of resistance genes through agriculture, humans, and the environment.
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