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OpGen, Inc. Release: Optical Mapping First to Definitively Determine Deadly E. coli Strains in German Outbreak Are From a Single Source and Related to Earlier Outbreaks


6/13/2011 9:59:19 AM

GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OpGen, Inc. today announced successful completion of whole genome maps of the German outbreak E. coli isolates, performed in cooperation with the University Hospital Münster, Germany on the Argus™ Optical Mapping System. In less than 48 hours, the company completed de novo, whole genome maps of six isolates from the outbreak and reference strains, confirming that the outbreak E. coli are clonal or genetically identical, providing the strongest evidence to date of a single source for the outbreak. In addition, comparison of the optical maps clearly shows the relationship of the current outbreak to prior outbreak strains.

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