Paper: The genome of the danger in your food
BIMat and DLWT publish research on Cronobacter in Frontiers of Microbiology
Next-generation sequencing is already a common technique, but it has yet to be applied to many interesting problems. One such issue is to understand better the origin of the tremendous pathogenicity and survival skill of the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii. By performing whole genome sequencing of C. sakazakii isolates found in Austrian supermarket foods, we found genetic information shedding light on why they survive extreme heat treatment, dry conditions in processed foods, and why they have achieved an alarming degree of resistance to antibiotics.