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WGS food safety project up for award

By Joe Whitworth+

02-Jun-2014

A project using whole genome sequencing in food safety to replace conventional laboratory methods is one of six finalists in an awards ceremony.

The project gathered those responsible for controlling foodborne illness to combat Listeria, the third leading cause of death from food poisoning. Each year more than 1,600 people get sick from Listeria, and about one in five dies.

It claims to pave the way for replacing current laboratory methods to detect and investigate foodborne illness with a single, fast option to cut time in identifying and characterizing the bugs that make people sick.

Team members include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture and the Association for Public Health Laboratories.

Public voting will decide the winner in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in this year’s Health and Human Services Innovates competition, which is open to HHS employees.

Voting can be done here until June 10 and the awards will be announced in the summer.

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