Biotech Updates

100K Genome Project Adds 20 More Foodborne Pathogen Genomes

July 25, 2013

The 100K Genome Project, led by the University of California, Davis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Agilent Technologies, announced that it has added 20 newly completed genome sequences of foodborne disease-causing microorganisms to its public database at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This brings to 30 the number of genomic sequences completed by the 100K Genome Project, which aims to sequence the genomes of 100,000 bacterial and viral genome.

The newly completed sequences include several isolates of Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, and Vibrio, as well as a full characterization of their epigenomes – a diagnostic feature that defines how the DNA is chemically modified and changes how the organism behaves.

This project aims to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of foodborne diseases, and shorten the duration and limit the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks. A complete list of genomes that have been completed by the 100K Project is available online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information with the following link:

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