On the mysterious German Ecoli epidemic
Shanghai Daily; June 4, 2011
They also identified genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to at least three major classes of antibiotics, which helped explain why doctors in Europe have had such a hard time fighting the bug.|
Work is continuing at the BGI's main research arm in Shenzhen City, which lies just north of Hong Kong, to fully characterize the bacteria.
"We have done further analysis and see even more antibiotic-resistant and toxic genes. Our work is still ongoing," said team member Qin Junjie.
BGI in Shenzhen also provides DNA sequencing and other research services for industry as well as private individuals and the income earned is pumped back into research and development.
It has more than 180 sequencing machines, giving it the biggest DNA sequencing capacity in the world, and a total workforce of over 4,000.
The BGI is also involved in improving rice breeds and other agricultural products to increase yields.
It recently set up a unit to commercialize cloning, and meat from the offspring of cloned pigs is expected to be on the market in a few years.