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.


  1. Cutting-Edge Technology Sheds Light on Antibiotic Resistance. US Food and Drug Administration website. Updated September 15, 2016.  Accessed September 29, 2016.

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