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Health and Medical Research Fund (09080302, 13120432, 11100282)
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Received: 8 November 2017
Accepted: 26 April 2018
First Online: 16 May 2018
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: The data used in this study were downloaded from the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA) database. Samples from Farhat et al. [CitationRef removed] were collected worldwide, whereas the samples from Casali et al. [CitationRef removed] and Zhang et al. [CitationRef removed] were collected from Russia and China respectively. As a validation data set, another WGS dataset of 3494 clinical MTB strains from the United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Germany, and Uzbekistan was also obtained [CitationRef removed]. The participant consent had been obtained by previous studies and therefore ethics approval from an ethics board was not required in this study.
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