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July 19, 2000

Molecular Epidemiology and Tuberculosis Control

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(3):305-307. doi:10.1001/jama.284.3.303

To the Editor: Dr Bifani and colleagues1 found 68 M tuberculosis isolates with 29 different genetic patterns that resembled the 18-band W strain pattern signature in New Jersey. With the use of multiple molecular tools in combination, the authors have thoroughly demonstrated the phylogenetic relatedness of 43 of these strains.2