The UK Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to sequence the whole genome for a collection of Campylobacter isolates archived from previous infectious intestinal disease studies.
The research call is a part of the Agency strategy for developing and implementing a risk management programme to reduce Campylobacter contamination in chicken. Campylobacter is currently the main cause of foodborne disease in the UK and 60-80% of cases are thought to be associated with handling or consuming raw and undercooked chicken.
Researchers tendering for the project will be required to characterise the archived human isolates by next generation sequencing and analyse the resulting data to provide information of the genomic diversity of Campylobacter in the UK population.
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