Research has shown that in recent years more and more food processors send their pathogen testing to outside laboratories. The implementation of FSMA regulations is resulting in better understanding of the importance of accurate pathogen analysis. In this survey, 60 percent of the processing locations reported sending their pathogen samples out to a commercial lab, but when measuring the volume of samples outsourced, 75 percent of the samples in this survey were sent out. One reason for this trend is laboratory accreditations that are harder to meet. @ https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/december-2017january-2018/outsourcing-pathogen-testing-under-the-microscope/#.WjEWYPeR6X4.linkedin
The way processors view their responsibilities regarding microbiological testing is changing. Regulatory pressure and a focus on food safety are causing changes in where processors do their testing.
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.