The Food and Drug Administration has launched the 100K Genome Project whose goal is to create a public gene sequences database of the 100,000 bacteria that have been responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illnesses around the world. In partnership with the University of California Davis and Agilent Technologies, the FDA hopes this database will:
- “enable scientists in both the public and private sectors to develop tests that can identify the bacteria present in a sample within days or even hours.
- help investigators discover the likely source of an outbreak.
- greatly expand the pool of researchers able to develop software for the diagnosis and analysis of potential hazards that could lead to new methods of preventing and controlling outbreaks.”
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