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CDC to Use BioTrove's OpenArray to ID Bacteria in Food

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The US Centers for Disease Control has purchased a BioTrove OpenArray NT Cycler to help identify bacterial strains in tainted food, BioTrove said today.
The CDC’s Coordinating Center for Infectious Disease will use the OpenArray system at its facility in Atlanta, Ga., to identify strains of organisms, beginning with Escherichia coli and Salmonella, in food samples.
The company said it began working with the CDC in 2006, when the agency used BioTrove’s Open Array SNP Genotyping technology to help identify the source of a 2006 outbreak of E. coli from tainted spinach.
The ability to conduct SNP-based evaluation of bacteria “allows CDC researchers to identify quickly the type of bacteria, as well as the particular strain from among hundreds of variations,” said Kevin Munnelly, general manager of BioTrove’s genomics business unit.
BioTrove said it will install the OpenArray at the CDC lab in early October.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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