PCR with food

Fred Reyers KPAT1 at OP1.UP.AC.ZA
Mon Jan 15 09:15:25 EST 1996


Torsten Boerchers <borcher at uni-muenster.de> wrote on 13 Jan 1996 

> I am aware that this group is probably mostly devoted
> to clinical diagostics but perhaps some may know whether
> PCR is frequently used in species identification (not 
> virus or bacteria, but e.g. for detection of fraudulently
> labelled meat etc.). Any commerical kits for this?

I am not aware of commercial "kits" but do know that our police 
forensic people are developing PCR's for these purposes.

Another group of workers that may be worth approaching are those 
identifying host species from gut "bloodmeal" contents in 
Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis and Malaria research.



Fred Reyers (Prof & Head: Section of Clinical Pathology)
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Rep. of South Africa
Tel: 27-12-529 8288
FAX: 27-12-529 8308 or 27-12-344 2107 (Home)

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