Hugh Rand

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Comparative genomics based on whole genome sequencing (WGS) is increasingly being applied to investigate questions within evolutionary and molecular biology, as well as questions concerning public health (e.g., pathogen outbreaks). Given the impact that conclusions derived from such analyses may have, we have evaluated the robustness of clustering(More)
The analysis of next-generation sequence (NGS) data is often a fragmented step-wise process. For example, multiple pieces of software are typically needed to map NGS reads, extract variant sites, and construct a DNA sequence matrix containing only single nucleotide polymorphisms (i.e., a SNP matrix) for a set of individuals. The management and chaining of(More)
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that causes severe illness. Thus, ongoing efforts at real-time whole-genome sequencing are of utmost importance. However, it is also important that retrospective analyses that place these data into context be performed. Here, we present the genome sequence of strain HPB2088, which was collected in 1994.
Using genome-wide SNP-based methods for tracking pathogens has become standard practice in academia and public health agencies. There are multiple computational approaches available that perform a similar task: call variants by mapping short read data against a reference genome, quality filter these variants, then concatenate the variants into a sequence(More)
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacterium of importance to public health and food safety agencies. We present the genome sequence of the serotype 1/2a L. monocytogenes food isolate HPB913, which was collected in Canada in 1993 as part of an investigation into a sporadic case of foodborne illness.
The adoption of whole-genome sequencing within the public health realm for molecular characterization of bacterial pathogens has been followed by an increased emphasis on real-time detection of emerging outbreaks (e.g., food-borne Salmonellosis). In turn, large databases of whole-genome sequence data are being populated. These databases currently contain(More)
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