University of Georgia Fights Pathogens with Programming

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Courtney

Identifying the source of a foodborne illness outbreak quickly is essential to reducing the spread of pathogens, but it can be tough to do efficiently.

Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing computer software to aid in the detection of problematic foodborne bacteria. The software graphically represents relationships between bacteria genomics in a population, making it easier to differentiate bacterial strains involved in disease outbreak.

The program makes it possible to analyze large swaths of data in just a few hours. This maximization of efficiency will cause foodborne pathogens to be found far earlier, allowing for a more immediate response to stop the outbreak.

Learn more about how genetics can be utilized to localize harmful bacteria strains here.

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