Molecular Biology

Risk communication must improve before consumers will accept genome editing technology ©Gio_tto/iStock

Consumer understanding of genome editing ‘essential’ – BfR

By Katy Askew

Educating consumers about the nature of emerging genome editing methodology and appropriate risk communication will be “essential” to developing a public discourse around this new technology, according to German research and scientific advisory body BfR.

Fish speciation analysis allows the confirmation of species and avoids food fraud

special edition: food fraud

Guest Article: Fish speciation analysis

By Dr Emma Ridley

In the food industry brand protection has always been important, particularly since the horsemeat scandal.

A gel with a high score in all seven parameters

Improvement in Listeria typing quality – ECDC

By Joseph James Whitworth

Performance of laboratories showed improvement in a second assessment but participant numbers could have been higher, according to an EU report on the quality of Listeria typing.

Dr Bert Pöpping appointed to newly created role at Mérieux NutriSciences

Mérieux NutriSciences appoints Dr Bert Pöpping

By Joseph James Whitworth

Dr Bert Pöpping has been appointed to a newly created role at Mérieux NutriSciences and will be responsible for developing and implementing chemistry and molecular biology strategy.

Gel-like Image following Cross-Reactivity Tests. Note that the band at 82bp is present exclusively in the Horse control (lane 11) which is indicative of horse DNA  being detected

PCR approaches for detection of horse meat evaluated

By Joseph James Whitworth

An evaluation of the limits of detection (LOD) of three methods has shown that all have the potential and capability of reaching less than 0.1% w/w raw horse meat in a raw beef background.

Wadsworth Center Laboratories real-time using DNA sequencing

DNA sequencing trialled at US public health lab

By Joseph James Whitworth

Following outbreaks in real-time using DNA sequencing techniques is being tested at the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratories.

Photo: Cedida. Pilar Menéndez, from Navarra University is doing the work at University of Southern Denmark

Iron-ing out Listeria to find vaccines

By Joseph James Whitworth

The mechanisms of iron regulation in Listeria monocytogenes are being researched by a biologist-biochemist from Navarra University, in Spain.

Pressure BioSciences PCT platform

PCT-based sample preparation methods featured at ASMS

By Joseph James Whitworth

Pressure BioSciences has claimed that using its pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform in the preparation of samples can result in quality and/or improved time or cost efficiency of test results.

EFSA delivers positive opinion on GM oilseed rape

EFSA delivers positive opinion on GM oilseed rape

By Nathan Gray

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given its stamp of approval on the safety of Monsanto’s MON 88302 oilseed rape crop, which has been genetically modified to be tolerant of herbicides.

Whole Genome Sequencing for outbreak detection

WGS shows ‘promise’ as typing method

By Joseph James Whitworth

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) shows great promise as an epidemiological typing tool but cannot be used alone, according to a study.

ECDC: A gel with a high score in all seven parameters

Typing quality of Listeria ‘encouraging’

By Joseph James Whitworth

The quality of typing Listeria by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) in EU labs is ‘encouraging’, according to an external assessment.

The Bio-Rad iQ Check Prep

Dispatches from IFT 2013

Bio-Rad in automated food pathogen testing

By Jenny EAGLE

Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced the launch of the iQ Check Prep automation system to take advantage of real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology for food and environmental testing.

An alternative to GM food?

An alternative to GM food?

Low-saturated fat foods, enhanced flavours, foods without allergens
- all this is possible without any tampering of DNA material. US
company Anawah has received several million dollars to support
their work that combines molecular...

Improving traceability

Improving traceability

On the cusp of tighter legislation in the EU for GMOs the food
industry is preparing itself. New technology from Axaron Bioscience
will help producers keep an eye on genetic and biochemical

Finding the GMOs

Finding the GMOs

Testimony to the increasing use of GMO detection equipment, four
laboratories across the world have licensed Genetic ID's
proprietary technology to detect genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) in agricultural and food products,...


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