UGA SCIENTIST CREATES SYSTEM TO DETECT FOOD PATHOGENS IN HOURS, NOT DAYS Quick, efficient pathogen detection and fingerprinting is essential and often lifesaving when it comes to preventing foodborne illness. University of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has created a system that can identify foodborne pathogens much quicker than traditional methods.
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Prof. Xiangyu Deng recently co-authored a World Health Organization’s Landscape Paper entitled “Whole genome sequencing for foodborne disease surveillance”
This document provides a good overview of the potential benefits and limitations of applying WGS in a global scale as well as it describes the barriers for its adoption in developing countries.
The paper can be found at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/foodborne_
CFS Members Recognized at recent IAFP Annual Meeting
At the closing banquet of the 2018 International Association for Food Protection in Salt Lake City, UT, Assistant Professor Xiangyu Deng was awarded the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award for an outstanding of his career in Genomics and Bioinformatics. Retired Regents Professor and Founding CFS Director Mike Doyle received a Lifetime Membership Award for his multiple contributions to IAFP and a very distinguished career protecting the food supply.
CFS staff and faculty are proud that Xiangyu and Mike received such well-deserved recognitions.
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