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The ethics of sequencing infectious disease pathogens for clinical and public health

Using genomic technology to rapidly sequence and analyse pathogens has the potential to deliver a robust, evidence-based approach to the challenge of infectious disease management. The successful implementation of such a response is going to require consideration of the associated ethical, legal and social issues.

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The authors are supported by a Wellcome Centre Grant (203132/Z/16/Z) and a Wellcome Strategic Award (096527).

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Johnson, S.B., Parker, M. The ethics of sequencing infectious disease pathogens for clinical and public health. Nat Rev Genet 20, 313–315 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41576-019-0109-3

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