MIDI, Inc receives Official Methods(SM) status for the confirmatory ID of the anthrax pathogen

Newark, Del., Nov. 10, 2004 -- MIDI, Inc. announced today that the Sherlock Microbial Identification System was awarded AOAC Official Methods of AnalysisSM status for the confirmatory identification of Bacillus anthracis, the anthrax pathogen. The comprehensive evaluation was conducted by AOAC INTERNATIONAL (formerly the Association of Official Analytical Chemists) and funded by the Department of Homeland Security. As an Official MethodSM, the MIDI Sherlock System may be used to confirm presumptive B. anthracis identifications from human and animal anthrax infections or from suspected environmental contamination following culture.

During the AOAC Study, the MIDI Sherlock System was subjected to exhaustive testing of geographically diverse strains of B. anthracis and related bacteria to determine its ability to differentiate among them. The 11 laboratories involved in the study reported an overall sensitivity for the identification of B. anthracis of 96.3 percent. Scientists at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, MD contributed the anthrax data used in the MIDI Sherlock System. Although the anthrax pathogen was the sole focus of the MIDI evaluation, the system also contains entries for other potential bioterrorism agents that cause diseases such as bubonic plague, tularemia, brucellosis, glanders and melioidosis.

The Sherlock Microbial Identification System identifies over 1,500 species of bacteria by automated analysis of the fatty acids in the bacterial cell membrane. The bacteria are identified by comparing their fatty acid "fingerprint" to databases of known fatty acid patterns. The system includes several bacterial databases, including The MIDI BIOTERTM database (version 2), which was exclusively used in the study. The MIDI Sherlock System can identify more than 200 bacterial s

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MIDI, Inc.

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