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Americas: CDC adds module to pathogen library

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With Bruker Corp., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently added a new module to MicrobeNet that allows laboratories to search the protein signatures of the bacteria and compare them to the rare pathogens in CDC’s MicrobeNet library by using Bruker’s MALDI Biotyper systems.

MicrobeNet provides laboratorians with unprecedented access to CDC’s virtual microbe library of more than 2,400 rare and emerging infectious bacteria and fungi at no cost.

The new MicrobeNet module will be immediately available to laboratorians and clinicians using the Bruker system in labs nationwide.

Until the addition of the MALDI library, MicrobeNet offered two ways to search pathogens: by DNA sequence or biochemical tests (chemical reactions caused by the bacteria).

MicrobeNet can dramatically improve the health of people in the US and around the world by cutting the time for testing from about a week to a few hours.