Developing a Comprehensive Tool Kit for Microbial Identification

Over the past 10 years, tremendous advancements have been made in analytical methods used for identification of bacteria in the bio/pharmaceutical industry. Driven by scientific research and technical innovation, these developments are successful in providing state-of-the-art solutions for microbial identification. However, it is important to understand which technology is best-suited for certain applications.

The most valuable improvements have been those which provide rapid results and increased organism characterization for proper monitoring and risk assessments. The most important changes concern the development and extensive use of molecular methods for identification. While useful for identification at the species level, research into gene sequence applications has also revealed their ability to discriminate at the strain level. Improvements in phenotypic methods have culminated in the development of commercial MALDI-TOF systems for cost-effective proteomic analysis.

During this presentation you will learn:
  • Current state-of-the-art of bacterial taxonomy and evolution of microbial classifications
  • Identification methods currently available and their benefits to various applications
  • Typing techniques available, including enhanced resolution through detailed evaluation of gene sequences
  • The value of development and maintenance of comprehensive reference databases
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