According to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consumer report, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”1 As a consequence, the FDA is using whole genome sequencing to help identify the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as early as possible.
Watch this short video on FDA’s whole genome sequencing technology.
- Cutting-Edge Technology Sheds Light on Antibiotic Resistance. US Food and Drug Administration website. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm519931.htm. Updated September 15, 2016. Accessed September 29, 2016.