Phage lights up harmful food bacteria

Phage lights up harmful food bacteria

SCIENTISTS looking for traces of Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands: turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark.

Purdue University researchers have engineered a bacteriophage — a virus that only infects bacteria — called NanoLuc to produce an enzyme that causes E. coli O157:H7 to emit light if infected. The pro

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