How does MicrobeNet work?
MicrobeNet can help identify a rare pathogen based on a few inexpensive, readily available, and regularly performed biochemical tests more accurately than methods laboratories currently use, such as instrument-based or self-made pathogen databases and libraries that may not include all rare and dangerous pathogens, thus often missing the correct identification and giving a wrong result. MicrobeNet’s library is populated with all data available on many pathogens from the CDC’s collection of rare microbes, including pictures, biochemical panel results, 16S rRNA sequence information, and eventually whole genome sequences and protein profiles.
To improve the reproducibility of the results, MicrobeNet contains information about standard procedures developed by CDC scientists that describe how to grow the pathogens and how to best test for them. This reduces the length of time needed to identify pathogens because the lab does not need to ship samples to CDC’s laboratory or wait for the analysis. This saves laboratories both time and money.
Public health laboratories anywhere in the world are able to run diagnostic tests and match their results against CDC’s unique collection of pathogens. These are often microbes that cause serious disease, but are difficult to grow, test for, and identify. MicrobeNet provides a reliable way for laboratories to quickly and correctly identify rare pathogens regardless of the level of technology in the diagnostic laboratory.