Epidemiology investigates the occurrence and distribution of diseases within the population. Moreover, molecular biology techniques are used in molecular epidemiology.
Epidemiologists use mainly statistical methods to make statements about the incidence of a disease in a population or to simulate the spread of an epidemic with models. Molecular epidemiology gains insights from the molecular properties of a human or a pathogen.
The working group deals with the genetic analysis of tuberculosis pathogens. It uses the latest techniques of DNA sequencing (next generation sequencing) to determine the distribution of individual TB strains based on gene sequences. The molecular epidemiological data are combined with traditional ...