“KatharoSeq” – A new technique that finds its fit in aiding newborns, spacecraft and endangered shellfish

“KatharoSeq” – A new technique that finds its fit in aiding newborns, spacecraft and endangered shellfish
The Siliconreview
16 March, 2018

A recently recognized technique called KatharoSeq (“Katharos” Greek meaning “pure”, and “Seq” for Sequencing) can now reveal previously undetectable bacteria in places where they aren’t wanted.

Up to 50-100 bacterial cell samples present on the surface can now be tested with this microbial detection technique brought to light by the researchers at University of California, San Diego.

Three totally different environments were chosen including the Spacecraft Meeting Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Know-how; the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Jacobs Medical Middle at UC San Diego Wellbeing; and an endangered white abalone rearing facility at Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Southwest Fisheries Science Middle in La Jolla, California, for sampling tons of surfaces and validate the method.

Details of the technique, called KatharoSeq, are published on March 13 in the journal mSystems.

KatharoSeq has already revealed new insights about the three testing sites that could help optimize how the Mars 2020 Rover is assembled, how bacteria are tracked in hospitals, and how endangered white abalone are raised and returned to the wild.

The idea is to create a map of the microbes residing in their ability over the subsequent six months, together with the Mars 2020 Rover. Their aim is to ship a sterile rover to Mars.

However, a part of the examine detected 32 varieties of microorganisms in what’s regarded as a sterile facility.

In case of NICU, it is a helpful method for figuring out potential hotspots of transmission which are at the moment unknown.

The technique has also found its purpose in re-establishing the white abalone population who once numbered in the millions off the California coast, but are currently endangered.