Development of strain-level shotgun metagenomics approaches to detect and characterize microbiological contaminants in the context of food safety

Last updated on 23-11-2023 by Florence Buytaers

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Foodborne contaminations are a global burden on public health worldwide. For many years, and until recently, the microbial contaminants have always been analyzed and characterized after isolation. Since the advent of second generation sequencing, it has been possible to characterize the complete genome of these isolates to the SNP level. It was proven that whole genome sequencing has a higher resolution than any combination of tests carried out so far. But the isolation is not always possible, and it is time-consuming. A new method based on the sequencing of all genetic material of the samp…

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