Whole Genome Sequencing

FDA is now using cutting edge biotechnology whole genome sequencing to help identify the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks. This technique involves identifying the precise sequence of DNA constituents in a bacterial sample taken from people with an illness, and compares it to samples taken from suspected foods.
For years, academic scientists have used whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology to isolate specific genes associated with disease. These days, researchers and clinicians are working to expand its