In 2010, virtually no state public health laboratories had next generation sequencing (NGS). But at the end of 2015, 37 state public health laboratories have NGS instrumentation in-house, with another nine planning to acquire the technology by the end of 2016. From Legionnaires’ disease in New York to cystic fibrosis in Wisconsin, public health laboratories are finding uses for NGS both inside and outside of the microbiology laboratory.
In the summer edition of Lab Matters, our feature article takes a look at the progress of NGS within public health laboratories, and discusses a few challenges with implementing this powerful platform.
Here are a few other highlights from this issue:
- Focus Groups Identify Common NGS Challenges and Obstacles
- 15 Minutes with Brian Raphael
- From PFGE to NGS: Transforming the Enterics Reference Bench
- Ring the Alarm! How Next Gen Sequencing Can Detect the Next Threat
- Middle School Students Experience “The Force” Behind Public Health in New Mexico
- Raise the Voting Paddles! APHL Extends Membership Voting Benefits