Life Technologies collaborated with the USDA to develop a test to detect the presence of E. coli O157:H7, and later expanded the project to include the "Big 6" non-O157 strains (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145), which cause about 70 percent of non-O157 infection.
The validated system is capable of clearing negative beef samples (375 grams), and identifying presumptive positives in the same sample run with an additional hour of testing. Its sensitivity provides greater confidence in the results since the solution can detect as little as 1 to 5 colony-forming units of pathogenic STEC in a single sample.
Life Technologies collaborated with the USDA to develop and validate RapidFinder™ and utilized Life's core competencies in DNA sample preparation, real-time PCR assay formats design, DNA sequencing and data interpretation.
RapidFinder™ STEC is for Testing of Food and Environmental Samples.
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