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DNA testing traces Dutch food poisoning outbreak to a meat processing center, Reuters reports.

Canadian food inspectors are relying on whole-genome sequencing to track foodborne pathogens, the CBC reports.

Integrated DNA Technologies said it will act as the primary supplier of next-generation sequencing oligo products for Clear Lab's NGS-based Clear Safety platform.

The test is the first to be approved for the company's second-generation molecular detection system, but can also be run using the first-generation system alongside other existing assays.

The technology is identifying sources of foodborne pathogen outbreaks more quickly and precisely than older technology. 

The organization has been scaling up its use of NGS and bioinformatics and a recent NARMS publication is the first of many that will incorporate sequencing data. 

Keeping Tabs on Bugs

The US Food and Drug Administration tracked a recent multi-state Listeria outbreak using whole-genome sequencing.

The revenue spike was due to an increase in the number of Atlas molecular testing platforms placed with commercial customers.

The molecular diagnostics company said the number of Atlas instruments placed with customers under commercial agreements rose to 41 from 38 in Q4 2014.

The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Listeria monocytogenes is 30 percent faster than the first-generation test.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.