Four Tips for Identifying Microbes in Your Facility
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
It is common for microbes to turn up in a pharmaceutical or medical device facility, and understanding the who, what, where, and why is a real high-tech game of sleuthing. Yet, unlike detective shows where the forensic scientists solve the case in 60 minutes (with commercial breaks), properly identifying an offending microbe takes time and effort.
There are varied levels of operational needs, each of which dictate different approaches to microbial identification and strain differentiation. Closely related species may be difficult or impossible to distinguish using certain systems. In some cases, the most appropriate methods can vary based on the species under examination. Having access to methods with different resolution allows for greater accuracy when there are clear expectations for each technology. The following are four considerations when choosing an appropriate identification or strain typing platform.