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CE-MS assessed for identifying pathogens

26-Mar-2014

LCDR José Moreno, a microbiologist in FDA’s San Juan Laboratory, is leading the team
LCDR José Moreno, a microbiologist in FDA’s San Juan Laboratory, is leading the team

The potential of Capillary Electrophoresis Mass Spectrometry (CE-MS) is being assessed for use in identifying pathogenic microorganisms

Scientists in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)’s San Juan Laboratory received funding through a Health and Human Services HHSignite award to adapt traditional chemistry methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens.

The aim is to look at the utility and practically of coupling the two methods together and work towards identifying pathogens through the identification of specific proteins associated with pathogenicity by their fragmentation patterns.

This identifies specific “fingerprints” for bacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Staphylococcus, in foods, according to an FDA blog post.

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