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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 2.8.2011

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Swifter Salmonella Test

Real-time PCR-based method delivers results in 27 hours

The first commercially available real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Salmonella enteritidis (SE) in poultry eggs provides results in just 27 hours, ten times faster than the 10-day turnaround available with conventional testing methods, according to the manufacturer, Life Technologies Corp.

BSE in the Air?

It can happen, researchers say

Prions, the infectious proteins that cause lethal neurological diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cows and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, can be transmitted in aerosol form, according to new research conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Tübingen in Germany (Haybaeck J, Heikenwalder M, Klevenz B, et al. Aerosols transmit prions to immunocompetent and immunodeficient mice. PLoS Pathog. 2011;7(1): e1001257.)

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