We evaluate samples from state and local government agencies, police departments, as well as private companies and individuals.
Current Analysis Includes:
- Microscopic evaluation for rapid determination of biological agents if applicable.
- Quantitative real-time PCR detection and enumeration.
- Selective plating of sample onto growth media that selects for Bacillus anthracis.
- Confirmation identifications by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, the GC-FAME and/or Biolog methods of all bacteria that grow on the selective media over a 48 hour incubation period.
Samples may be sent in the form of environmental surface swabs or sponge wipes, as well as bulk powders, liquids, or other materials.
Total testing time is currently 1-2 days, with a preliminary result within the first 4 hours.
Please contact us for information on packaging hazardous samples for shipping. Sampling kits are available on request.