DNA research is often associated with human DNA analysis, for example forensic DNA testing, paternity testing or genetic diagnostics. Although BaseClear is involved in human DNA research, this is not its main focus. The company has built up a strong expertise in DNA analysis of microorganism. For example, BaseClear worked with a partner organisation to modify the DNA of a bacterial enzyme that is used in washing powders. This optimised enzyme allows clothes to be washed at lower temperatures, which is a win-win for both consumer and environment. Another example is 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.
In addition BaseClear does 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.