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Campylobacter coli - genome sequencing study

A grant of £113,000 from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) will help the Institute of Food Research (IFR) develop tools to better understand Campylobacter coli at the molecular and genetic level.

The aim is to sequence 500 genomes from Campylobacter coli strains, which will be collected from animals, foods, humans and other different environments.

Campylobacter illness is caused by at least 20 different species; the vast majority of infections are down to Campylobacter jejuni but an estimated 10% of cases are caused by C. coli. Much less is known about the biology of C. coli but a consortium led by Dr Arnoud van Vliet at IFR has started a two-year study into where it resides in the environment and how it infects people. The study results could be used to develop diagnostic tools to help confirm, diagnose and track sources of C. coli contamination.

The work will be done in collaboration with The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and the University of East Anglia, partners with IFR on the Norwich Research Park, and scientists at the Universities of Swansea and Liverpool, and Public Health England.

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