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Genetic Analysis Helps Track TB Infection Chain

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Genetic Analysis Helps Track TB Infection Chain

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Genetic Analysis Helps Track TB Infection Chain

Genetic Analysis Helps Track TB Infection Chain

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CDC scientists tracing ordinary tuberculosis cases use genetic analysis to hunt for a chain of transmission that they might not catch through traditional shoe-leather epidemiology.

The method has real benefits: They found that several apparently unrelated cases were traceable to a bar that all of the TB patients had frequented.