Food Safety and Inspection Service

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bio-Rad Laboratories said today it has received a No Objection Letter from the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service for its iQ-Check real-time PCR method for detecting Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) bacteria in beef.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies said today it received a Letter of No Objection from the US Department of Agriculture-Food Safety and Inspection Service for the firm's RapidFinder Shiga-toxin producing Escheria coli (STEC) Detection system.

Researchers are exploring the use of genomics-based approaches such as SNP typing and whole-genome sequencing to augment food safety programs.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.