DNA research is often associated with, for example, forensic DNA testing, paternity testing or genetic diagnostics. However, these are no focus areas of BaseClear at this moment. BaseClear is mainly specialized in DNA research of microorganisms, so of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses. For example, BaseClear can do the identification of food contamination (what bacterial species caused the spoilage?) and what has been the source of this contamination? Does this e.g. come from a raw material or from the hands of someone who works in production. A second example is determining the genetic characteristics of a specific bacterium, and translating this information so it can be used to develop a new product. An example of this is the development of enzymes that makes it possible to wash at lower temperatures.
In addition we do a lot of research into microbial communities, e.g. which bacteria and fungi are present in our intestines or skin (our microbiota). Or which bacteria are present in the ground near the roots of a plant and how do they affect the growth or resistance to drought. Research of microbial communities is also frequently used in, for example, probiotics research and development. We can determine which bacteria are exactly present and, together with the customer, look at the potentially beneficial effects of the probiotics. We can also determine if and in which quantities, for example, antibiotic resistance genes are present.