RiboPrinter® System

The Ribotyping system groups together samples whose RiboPrint® patterns fall within a fixed degree of similarity. These patterns can be generated prior or subsequent to each other and may be used to determine the level of similarity between isolates as part of a tracking and trending exercise in an Environmental Monitoring (EM) program. Our team builds and maintains a custom library for each customer who submits samples for riboprinting. Each time the customer submits a new sample, it will be compared to all previous samples in their custom library and assigned to a RiboGroup.

In some cases, automated ribotyping can be less effective than sequence-based strain typing, as some species have very little diversity within the ribosomal RNA operon analyzed by the RiboPrinter®. In these cases, sequence-based methods for bacterial strain characterization (SLST and MLST) can provide a much higher level of discrimination and repeatability than automated riboprinting and should be strongly considered.


Strain Typing Service Overview

Bacterial strain samples submitted for SLST or MLST characterization

AccuGENX-ST® is a microbial characterization process used to distinguish closely related microorganisms to the strain level by utilizing well-established, highly accurate sequencing methods, based on single- and multi-locus sequence typing (S/MLST). Learn More


Ribotyping and Strain Typing Specifications

  • Order Code
    Turnaround Time (TAT) Test Code
    5 days AccuGENX-ST-5
    5 days AccuGENX-XGST-5
    5 days BACRIB-5

    Contact us to gain a better understanding of both riboprinting and AccuGENX-ST® strain typing services to see which one is right for you. 

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