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The Dutch diagnostics company Qiagen (NASDAQ:QGEN) will collaborate with the Chinese Academy of Sciences [CAS] to develop new molecular tests that will determine the safety of food.

The collaboration will be housed in the Institute of Nutritional Sciences [INS], Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences [SIBS] in the Xuhui district. Qiagen will equip the collaboration with instruments and consumables while CAS will provide the physical space and researchers.

Food safety experts from the INS will use Qiagen technologies to develop molecular tests that detect food-borne pathogens. The QIAplex multiplex assays allow highly sensitive molecular tests for up to 50 different pathogens to be incorporated in a single run.

Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

Disclosure: none.

Source: Qiagen to Collaborate on Food Safety Tests