So this was a very interesting paper to be involved in.  On the one hand all our lab really did was to facilitate some genome sequencing and help with the assemblies, validation of those assemblies, and some genomics work.   Standard fare for the lab.  But… these were over 100 Legionella pneumophila isolates collected from either patients or environmental sources associated with the Flint Michigan outbreak where a dozen people died and a myriad of lawsuits are presumably still pending.  All of the substantive analyses and writing were done by our collaborators at Virginia Tech, but the experience of even being tangentially involved in a project on the edges of so much media scrutiny was new territory.

 

Credit: Dan Higgins CDC

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