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New Approach for Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Escherichia coli

JRC scientists develop a set of new methods to rapidly detect the presence of toxic E. coli.

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Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a group of bacteria that has raised a lot of safety concerns in recent years. In collaboration with the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health, JRC scientists developed a set of real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) methods to rapidly detect the presence of verocytotoxin producing E. coli (VTEC) genes. This work is in support to the urgent call for better methods to monitor the top five serogroups (O26, O103, O111, O145 and O157), especially due to the high number of outbreaks related to VTEC strains.

Read more in:   D.-M. Kagkli et al., PLos ONE 7, e39287 (2012)

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