K-State researchers find new tests for E. coli

06/17/2014 8:39 AM

06/17/2014 8:40 AM

E. coli kills people sometimes, and many times costs farmers and the cattle industry millions in recalled beef or other losses.

Researchers at Kansas State University say they’ve found a fast new way to detect the bug at the molecular level – and save some of that money.

They’ve developed a project to improve how to find pathegenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7, the university said in a prepared statement this week. A Department of Agriculture grant is paying for the work, the statement said.

Rapid tests they developed, not labor intensive, can detect the bacteria based on genetic sequences, a bacteria’s “fingerprints,” the statement said.

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