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GeneSeek Helped USDA Identify BSE-Infected Cow Jan. 1

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - GeneSeek was the company that the US Department of Agriculture chose earlier this year to confirm the identity of the cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the United States last month, the company said today.

 

GeneSeek, which is based in Lincoln, Neb., said the USDA asked it to analyze DNA from brain tissue of the infected cow, and during Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, the company analyzed the DNA using an "expanded set" of short tandem repeats. It confirmed the results using Sequenom's MALDI-TOF-based MassArray platform, according to Daniel Pomp, vice president and CSO of GeneSeek.

 

GeneSeek said in a statement that it tested DNA from the infected cow against DNA from suspected relatives and "many" unrelated controls.

 

The company also said the USDA has recently approved it to genotype sheep in the United Statesfor the prion protein as part of the agency's US National Scrapie Eradication Program.