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Could an New Technology Help to Kill Superbugs?

Dr. Lu, an associate professor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found a new potential way to kill superbugs with a DNA editor called Crispr-Cas9. Dr. Lu said: “is is basically a molecular scissor” that can snip bacterial genes that make bacteria drug-resistant, killing the bug in the process. The technology combines bacteriophages and Crispr-Cas9 to target drug-resistant genes. @ https://www.wsj.com/articles/could-crispr-help-to-knock-out-superbugs-1512469800
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology an associate professor in biological engineering is researching ways to kill superbugs with a biological tool called Crispr-Cas9 that edits DNA. This combination of gene editing and viruses that attack bacteria could help scientists fight antibiotic resistance.
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Sample6 Pathogen DETECT Platform Acquired by IEH

Sample 6 businesses were split into two. The pathogen detection system (DETECT) was acquired by IEH while Sample 6 will continue with its CONTROL software. The DETECT test system was developed as a solution to help food processors identify points of Listeria and Salmonella contamination on-site and in-shift @ https://www.refrigeratedfrozenfood.com/articles/93910-ieh-laboratories-consulting-acquires-sample6-pathogen-detect-platform
IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group (IEH), Lake Forest Park, Wash., acquired all assets related to the Sample6 DETECT platform, Woburn, Mass.
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A new use of blockchain to follow tomato ripening

Blockchain can be used in agriculture to test tomato ripeness, and their color and sugar content. The tracking allows the reduction of spoilage and documenting the supply chain. @ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-09/the-internet-of-tomatoes-is-coming-starting-with-boston-salads?cmpId=flipboard
The technology is being put to use in more prosaic fields like agriculture.
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Rapid Diagnostics are Essential in the Battle Against Drug Resistance

A great threat to public health is the increase in antibiotic resistance. Pathogens that were thought to be concurred are re-emerging. Rapid molecular testing is an important tool in dealing with the challenges posed by antibiotic resistance. Assays that quickly identify not only the cause of an infection and relevant resistance markers. @ https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/article/2017/11/rapid-diagnostics-are-essential-battle-against-drug-resistance
https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/article/2017/11/rapid-diagnostics-are-essential-battle-against-drug-resistance
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Phagelux, Inc. announces collaboration with Passport Food Safety Solutions, Inc.

Phagelux’s US will develop for Passport Food Safety bacteriophage-based products that will be used in food safety. The products developed should reduce bacterial loads in multiple problematic areas related to food safety. @ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phagelux-inc-announces-a-multi-product-collaboration-with-passport-food-safety-solutions-inc-656198713.html
SHANGHAI, MONTREAL, and SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Phagelux, Inc., a biotechnology company focused...
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Breeding resistant chickens for improved safety

ARS researchers discovered that some roosters have a strong immune response and suggest to use them to selectively breed a more robust flock, that can fight better food pathogens. @ http://www.poultryworld.net/Genetics/Articles/2017/11/Breeding-resistant-chickens-for-improved-safety-205557E/
Hopes are high that a new test developed by US scientists could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens.
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Spicely Organics Recalls Organic Tarragon Because Of Salmonella

Organic Spices, Inc. of Fremont, CA recalls 0.4 oz. Organic Tarragon 0.4oz (11g) glass jars with black caps, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA discovered the possible contamination through routine sampling, which revealed that the raw material used in the product contained Salmonella. @ https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580600.htm
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Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

FSIS announced that Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc., a Jersey Shore, PA is recalling approximately 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered on Oct. 2, 2017 when the firm’s sample of ground beef had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 by a third party lab. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. @ https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-106-2017-release
Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc., a Jersey Shore, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
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FDA is proposing to extend the Compliance Dates For nutritional labels to 2020 and 2021

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply—until Jan. 1, 2021. @ http://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/02/2017-21019/food-labeling-revision-of-the-nutrition-and-supplement-facts-labels-and-serving-sizes-of-foods-that
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is proposing to extend the compliance dates by approximately 1.5 years for the final rules providing updated nutrition information on the label of food, including dietary supplements; defining a single-serving container; requiring dual-column labeling...
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Office of Inspector General: FDA – Needs to Inspect US Food Facilities More

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends that FDA

(1) Improve how it handles attempted inspections to ensure better use of resources,
(2) take appropriate action against all facilities with significant inspection violations,
(3) Improve the timeliness of its actions so that facilities do not continue to operate under harmful conditions, and
(4) Conduct timely follow-up inspections to ensure that significant inspection violations are corrected.
FDA concurred with all four recommendations. @ http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2017/09/Food-Safety-InspectionsRpt.pdf

http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2017/09/Food-Safety-InspectionsRpt.pdf
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Research at the University of York has revealed that genes are controlled by ‘nano footballs’ — structures

The researchers discovered that transcription factors operate not as single molecules as was previously thought, but as a spherical football-like cluster of around seven to ten molecules of roughly 30 nanometres in diameter. The discovery of these nano footballs will not only help researchers understand more about the basic ways in which genes operate @ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170925111215.htm
Genes are controlled by 'nano footballs' -- structures that look like footballs but 10 million times smaller than the average ball -- new research has revealed.
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Bacteria never swim alone

Bacteria never swim alone. Flocking behavior in animals seemingly arises spontaneously in a group of independent individuals without a clear leader. This behavior occurs among all types of organisms, from bacteria to people. One hypothesis, therefore, is that there are fundamental principles for flock building that are not dependent on single individuals @ http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/2017/08/bacteria-never-swim-alone.html
pharmaceutical microbiology,quality assurance, healthcare, cleanroom, contamination control, microbiology, tim sandle, sterility, disinfection
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Infection with shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 in Wisconsin causes hospitalization of children

Health officials are investigating eight cases of E. coli infection, however, to date, there is no information about the source of the outbreak. @ http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/e-coli-outbreak-hospitalizes-la-crosse-county-children-out-of/article_7b8ffc82-d57d-5943-b38d-01bcdc7a41d3.html
The La Crosse County Health Department is investigating eight cases of a “particularly nasty form” of the e-coli bacteria that forced the hospitalization of six children.