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What is it?
Canada's Integrated Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis Platform for Genomic Epidemiology
Why it was developed?
Public health, food safety and clinical microbiology laboratories around the world are adopting whole genome sequencing and genomic epidemiological approaches to modernise their research, surveillance, diagnosis and infectious disease outbreak investigation programmes. This new technology requires powerful yet easy-to-use intuitive software to transition these new Big Data methods from the laboratory to the front lines of public health activity. IRIDA is designed to make infectious disease genomics accessible to epidemiologists, clinical microbiologists and the research community in general.
Why we are sharing it?
Whole genome sequencing has proven to be an effective epidemiological tool (listeriosis outbreak in 2008, H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010). Unfortunately, the usefulness of genomic epidemiology for researchers and public health professionals is inhibited by the ad hoc nature and complexity of the bioinformatics software used in genomic epidemiology studies. The main objective of the IRIDA Bioinformatics Platform is to implement a software platform that makes genomic epidemiology a realistic and usable tool for public health professionals, including epidemiologists, clinical microbiologists and researchers.
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