New software improves ability to catalog bacterial pathogens

Technology tracks repeating DNA sequences of bacteria and could speed vaccine development for anaplasmosis.

Washington State University researchers have developed a new software tool that will improve scientists' ability to identify and understand bacterial strains and accelerate vaccine development.

RepeatAnalyzer is able to track, manage, analyze and catalogue the short, repeating sequences of bacterial DNA.

The researchers used the software to characterize Anaplasma marginale, a tick-borne bacteria that affects cattle, and published their work in the journal BMC Ge

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