Helix Biological Laboratory
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Microbiology Lab Services
Microorganism Detection and Identification

Includes detection and identification testing for Bacteria, Virus, Fungus and Protozoa organisms found in various sources such as water, food, liquids, soil, biological samples, environmental samples, agricultural samples, consumer products, cosmetic items, pharmaceuticals and foreign materials.

We are also able to perform microbial source tracking analysis along with indicator organism testing and identification.

Molecular Methodology

Microorganisms are detected and identified using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Since its inception, PCR has been used as an experimental tool for a multitude of experimental applications, including the identification of particular target sequences of DNA within specific organisms.

Each of the microorganisms that we test for involves the amplification of a specific target fragment of DNA that is unique to each microorganism. The amplification of a specific gene marker allows us to unequivocally detect and identify the presence or absence of a particular microorganism using PCR.

This technology significantly reduces false positive results and minimizes confirmation testing. This is a USDA/FSIS and AOAC approved technology.

In instances where additional confirmation of an organism is necessary, DNA sequencing and analysis may also be performed.

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