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Impact Statement: 'Whole genome sequencing-based Salmonella serotyping'

Statement Details

Brief Title
Whole genome sequencing-based Salmonella serotyping

Title
Whole genome sequencing-based Salmonella serotyping

Author
Deng, Xiangyu

Year
2017

Geographic Scope
International

County
Spalding

Unit/Department/Group
Center for Food Safety

Summary
University of Georgia scientists are helping transform national and global Salmonella surveillance using whole genome sequencing

Situation
Every year foodborne pathogens sicken 1 in 6 Americans and impose an economic burden of over 15.6 billion USD in the United States. Public health surveillance of foodborne illnesses relies on robust identification and classification of different subtypes of the pathogens. Salmonella is one of the most prevalent foodborne pathogen in the United States and worldwide. Salmonella serotyping, a laboratory routine for Salmonella classification, forms the foundation of the US national Salmonella surveillance system for over five decades. The traditional serotyping method that is cumbersome and logistically challenging with only few laboratories around the world capable of performing full-set Salmonella serotyping.

Response
Dr. Xiangyu Deng's laboratory at UGA Center for Food Safety created SeqSero, a highly innovative bioinformatics tool and the first of its kind that allows accurate, fast and straightforward prediction of bacterial pathogen serotype from raw whole genome sequencing (WGS) data. By making this tool publicly available (http://www.denglab.info/SeqSero), Dr. Deng and his team provided a free and in silico alternative to traditional Salmonella serotyping. This enables any laboratory and individual with access to WGS to do nearly full set Salmonella serotyping (more than 2,500 serotypes) and shortens the serotyping procedure from days to minutes or seconds

Impact
Since its inception in 2015, SeqSero has been adopted by over 60 governmental, academic and private institutions around the world including more than 20 national public health, research and regulatory agencies such as Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture, Public Health England, Public Health Agency Canada, Robert Koch Institute (Germany), Institut Pasteur (France), and Statens Serum Institute (Denmark). Significant cost saving and efficiency enhancement has been achieved by multiple users and the public health benefit of this tool will continue to increase as it is becoming the de facto reference method for molecular serotyping of Salmonella.

State Issue
Food Safety

Program Function(s)

  • Research

Program Area(s)

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources

Topic(s)

  • Food Science

Keyword(s)

  • Food Safety
  • Target Audience: Business/Industy

Funding Source(s)

  • Federal Grants
  • Private Gifts

Collaborator(s)

CAES Collaborator(s)

(None)

Non-CAES Collaborator(s)

(None)