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.