Sensitive Microbial Test Identifies Previously Undetectable Bacteria

06:08 EDT 14 Mar 2018 | Genetic Engineering News

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a scalable, highly sensitive microbial detection protocol that can identify as few as 50 bacteria present on surfaces in cleanrooms and other low biomass settings. The technology, which the researchers have called KatharoSeq, has been validated by testing swabs from hundreds of surfaces in three very different low biomass environments: a spacecraft assembly facility, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and a rare shellfish breeding facility.  β€œThe more we know about the microbial communities in a given environment, the more likely it is we can reshape them to improve environmental and human health,” comments Rob Knight, Ph.D., professor of paediatrics and computer science and engineering, and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UCSD. Professor Knight and colleagues report on the results of tests with the KatharoSeq technology, in mSystems . Their paper is entitled, β€œ ...

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