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Metagenomics for pathogen detection in public health

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, January 2013
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (88th percentile)

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1 patent
1 Facebook page
1 Wikipedia page


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Metagenomics for pathogen detection in public health
Published in
Genome Medicine, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/gm485
Pubmed ID

Ruth R Miller, Vincent Montoya, Jennifer L Gardy, David M Patrick, Patrick Tang


Traditional pathogen detection methods in public health infectious disease surveillance rely upon the identification of agents that are already known to be associated with a particular clinical syndrome. The emerging field of metagenomics has the potential to revolutionize pathogen detection in public health laboratories by allowing the simultaneous detection of all microorganisms in a clinical sample, without a priori knowledge of their identities, through the use of next-generation DNA sequencing. A single metagenomics analysis has the potential to detect rare and novel pathogens, and to uncover the role of dysbiotic microbiomes in infectious and chronic human disease. Making use of advances in sequencing platforms and bioinformatics tools, recent studies have shown that metagenomics can even determine the whole-genome sequences of pathogens, allowing inferences about antibiotic resistance, virulence, evolution and transmission to be made. We are entering an era in which more novel infectious diseases will be identified through metagenomics-based methods than through traditional laboratory methods. The impetus is now on public health laboratories to integrate metagenomics techniques into their diagnostic arsenals.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 5 1%
United States 4 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Turkey 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Unknown 443 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 102 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 75 16%
Student > Bachelor 62 14%
Student > Master 59 13%
Other 26 6%
Other 77 17%
Unknown 58 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 148 32%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 86 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 38 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 28 6%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 15 3%
Other 59 13%
Unknown 85 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 October 2020.
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