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FDA GenomeTrakr

The GenomeTrakr network is the first distributed network of laboratories to utilize whole genome sequencing for pathogen identification. It consists of public health and university laboratories that collect and share genomic and geographic data from foodborne pathogens. The data, which are housed in public databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), can be accessed by researchers and public health officials for real time comparison and analysis that promises to speed foodborne illness outbreak investigations and reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths. To date there are almost 50,000 pathogen genomes in the database.

Project URL: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/WholeGenomeSequencingProgramWGS/ucm363134.htm

Geographic Scope: International

Status: Active

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Data analysis, Data entry, Download software for distributed computing projects, Geolocation, Identification, Learning, Sample analysis, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 2012-09-01

Project Contact: ruth.timme@fda.hhs.gov

Federal Government Sponsor:

USDA logo NIH logo FDA logo CDC logo

Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Public Health England; Carlos Malbran Institute, Argentina,

Project Topic: Biology, Computers and technology, Health and medicine,

Intended Outcomes: Research development,