NCBI , a part of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health , provides an integrated biomedical information resource consisting of more than 40 open-access databases and tools that help scientists around the world conduct their research . These databases range from the PubMed archive of published biomedical literature , to data on human variation and viral pathogens , as well as information on genetic tests and clinical trials .
3 . Facilitate association of the wastewater sequence data with other wastewater and disease data collected by wastewater surveillance programs , such as the NWSS database collected by the CDC Data Collation and Integration for Public Health Event Response ( DCIPHER ) platform .
4 . Allow for a single wastewater sample to be associated with sequence data on multiple microbial surveillance targets , including targets beyond SARS-CoV-2 .
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for information on submitting wastewater sequencing data or for setting up wastewater surveillance and testing in your public health department .
Moreover , as a single BioSample can be associated with multiple SRA submissions , a wastewater surveillance BioSample can be associated with multiple sequencing approaches for a single target to provide a more robust bioinformatic analysis . The new wastewater surveillance BioSample package ensures that submitted SARS- CoV-2 wastewater sequences are effective for monitoring SARS-CoV-2 genomics and guiding public health decisions . The standardized submission process also provides the data infrastructure needed to globally connect these health-related genomic data for the COVID-19 pandemic and other health concerns to come . n
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