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The complete genome sequence of Vibrio cholerae: a tale of two chromosomes and of two lifestyles

Gary K Schoolnik* and Fitnat H Yildiz

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Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine) and Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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Genome Biology 2000, 1:reviews1016-reviews1016.3  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-3-reviews1016

Published: 1 September 2000


Vibrio cholerae O1 has figured prominently in the history of infectious diseases as a cause of periodic global epidemics, an affliction of refugees in areas of social strife and as the disease first subjected to modern epidemiological analysis during the classic investigations of John Snow in mid-19th century London [1]. Thus, publication of the entire genome sequence of V. cholerae O1 (biotype El Tor) in Nature [2] by a consortium of investigators from The Institute for Genomic Research, the University of Maryland and Harvard Medical School is properly regarded as an historic event that will trigger a paradigm shift in the study of this organism.