Researchers at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama have received a United States Patent for a method to screen food for potential contamination by pathogens. The new procedure will significantly reduce the time it takes to determine which pathogens have contaminated the food.
The new procedure can also be used in national security settings as several of the bacteria that can be identified by the new procedure can possibly be used in a biological terror attack.
The three researchers credited with developing the new test kit are all associate professor in the department of pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health at Tuskegee. They are Woubit S. Abdela, Temesgen Samuel, and Dr. Teshome Yehualaeshet.