GATC Biotech, in collaboration with researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is developing a sequencing-based method to characterize microbial communities in food production, the German genomics service provider said last week.

Specifically, the project, called Metatxn and funded with approximately €120,000 ($175,000) from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, will study the spoilage of cheese in industrial production, with the aim of better understanding food spoilage in general.

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