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Microbial Identification and Typing

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Microbial Identification MALDI-TOF

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Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories offers multiple state-of-the-art technologies and approaches to Identification (ID) Testing to provide the appropriate level of identification to fit your needs. From identification of environmental isolates, through expert analysis of finished product contaminants, we offer the most comprehensive ID services available for bacteria, molds and yeasts.

We also offer typing services to trace the source and investigate the root cause of contamination by establishing the unique fingerprint of microorganisms.

Why Choose Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories?

  • We have more than 20 years of experience providing comprehensive microbial identification support to the pharmaceutical industries.
  • We have vast experience with all species of bacteria and fungi found in the pharma industry.
  • Our standard turnaround time is five business days with priority services upon request.

Phenotypic Identification

Uses matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry to identify organisms using their protein patterns.

  • Rapid and cost-effective.
  • Database contains more than 4,600 validated microorganisms.

Genotypic Identification

Uses long sequencing to amplify more than 1,350 base pairs of the 16S rRNA gene for bacterial identifications.

  • Our proprietary database, Eurofins Microbial Sequencing Index (EMSI), is the industry's largest, containing more than 8,450 validated sequences.
  • Increased accuracy of species-level results.

Uses PCR to amplify the first 500 base pairs of the 28S gene for fungal identifications.

  • Database contains more than 1,200 validated sequences.

Multilocus Comparative Sequencing (MLSA)
Solves drawbacks from 16S rRNA (bacteria) or 25S rRNA genes, ITS1 and/or ITS2 (fungi), sequencing by increasing resolution to further discriminate at the species level.

  • Simultaneous comparative sequencing of multiple genes (HouseKeeping Genes: HKG) of taxonomical interest and extended databases of reference sequences: bacteria and molds.
  • Application to strain typing (MLST).

Molecular Typing

Generates fingerprints of bacterial and fungal isolates in order to determine strain similarities for critical investigations, such as media fill test and sterility test failures. Typing methodologies available, including:

  • MultiLocus Sequence Typing (MLST)
  • Arbitrary Primed PCR (APPCR)
  • Variable Number of Tandem Repeats (VNTR)
  • Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (CHEF)
  • MicroSatellite Analysis (MSAT)

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