NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – IBM and Mars have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain in order to leverage genomic advances to improve food safety, they announced on Thursday. 

The consortium will conduct what IBM and Mars said will be the largest-ever metagenomics study to categorize and understand the role that microorganisms play in a "normal, safe factory environment." The work may be extended to other parts of the food supply chain, resulting in new information about how microorganisms "interact within a factory ecology." 

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