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Gene research to boost efficacy probiotics

Chr Hansen has teamed up with researchers from Denmark and Japan in an effort understand the genetic make-up of bacteria and see whether this knowledge can be used to improve probiotic food products.

The scientists will use bioinformatics, a way of converting complex biological data such as DNA into practical knowledge using complicated mathematical models and statistics, to analyse the bacteria.

Martin Pedersen, group leader of the genomics team for Chr Hansen, said that involvement in this project gives the company access to state-of-the-art bioinformatics methods, and it is hope that even more advanced methods will be developed within the four-year duration of the project.
Henning Christiansen, professor of computer science at Roskilde University, Denmark, said that the bioinformatics programme would make it easier to crack the DNA code of lactic acid bacteria by "combining statistics and logic programming in a new and more flexible way with greater potential than before".

During the project, Chr. Hansen and Roskilde University will also work in conjunction with the bioinformatics software company CLC bio and researchers in Aalborg and Copenhagen in Denmark, and Tokyo in Japan. The project has a total budget of DKK 10 million (€1.34 million) of which DKK 5 million (€0.67 million) will be provided by the Danish Strategic Research Council.

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