Modern Solutions for Ancient Pathogens: Direct Pathogen Sequencing for Diagnosis of Lepromatous Leprosy and Cerebral Coenurosis.
Young BC., Bush SJ., Lipworth S., George S., Dingle KE., Sanderson N., Brankin A., Walker T., Sharma S., Leong J., Plaha P., Hofer M., Chiodini P., Gottstein B., Furrer L., Crook D., Brent A.
Microbes unculturable in vitro remain diagnostically challenging, dependent historically on clinical findings, histology, or targeted molecular detection. We applied whole-genome sequencing directly from tissue to diagnose infections with mycobacteria (leprosy) and parasites (coenurosis). Direct pathogen DNA sequencing provides flexible solutions to diagnosis of difficult pathogens in diverse contexts.