NCBI releases enhanced Pathogen Detection (Beta) Isolates Browser


NCBI has introduced a new and improved Pathogen DetectionBeta Isolates Browser. The browser is a key component of NCBI’s Pathogen Detection Project, a collaboration with FDA, CDC, USDA, and others to use whole genome sequencing data to monitor and investigate outbreaks of foodborne disease. Federal, state and other labs sequence pathogens (such as Salmonella and Listeria) isolated from patients, food, and environmental samples and submit the data in real time to NCBI. We then use our analysis pipeline to assemble the sequences and cluster them with all other isolates in the database to identify closely related sequences, thereby making it easier to identify cases that could be involved in an outbreak.

What’s new?

The browser is a completely updated interface that offers many improvements, like:

  • An enhanced search and browse interface
  • A new tree viewer that allows easy navigation of large SNP clusters

The NCBI Pathogen DetectionBeta home page allows direct access to sequence data, submission resources, and documentation.

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March 21 webinar – Introducing the NCBI Pathogen Detection Isolates Browser


In this next NCBI webinar, you will learn how to use the Pathogen Detection Isolate Browser to search for pathogen isolates, identify closely related isolates of interest, and find pathogens encoding particular antimicrobial resistance genes.

Date and time: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

The Pathogen Detection Isolate Browser is a web-based portal that integrates the genomic sequences, metadata, antibiotic susceptibility and resistance gene information, and SNP cluster information.

Each year in the U.S. approximately 48 million Americans (approximately 1 in 6) are affected by foodborne illnesses, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die, as estimated by the CDC. The NCBI Pathogen Detection Project was created in collaboration with FDA, CDC, USDA and others to use whole genome sequencing data for foodborne disease surveillance. Pathogens isolated from patients, food and environmental samples, from state, federal, and other labs, are sequenced and the data submitted in real time to NCBI. The Pathogen Detection analysis pipeline assembles the sequences and compares them to other isolates in its database to identify closely related sequences, thereby facilitating identification of cases involved in an outbreak and potential sources of contamination.