Date: June 10th, 2011
Cate: Geekism

Decompiling E. coli

This post by bunnie gets my vote for blog post of the year. First he shows you where to download the genetic code for the super-resitant form of E. coli found on German bean sprouts. Then he shows you where to download a database of genes known to code for drug resistance. And then:

Now that we have this list, we can answer some interesting questions, such as “How many of the known drug resistance genes are inside O141:H4?” I find it fascinating that this question is answered with a shell script:

cat uniprot_search_m9 | awk '{if ($3 > 99) { print;}}' | cut -f2 |grep -v ^# | cut -f1 -d"_" | cut -f3 -d"|" | sort | uniq | wc -l

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