To ensure optimal performance of our cultures, we investigate both the production fermentation and customer application, i.e. how they grow in the milk matrix at the dairy
We also study the genomes, including proprietary sequences, of our probiotic cultures. This links up with nutrigenomics where the focus is, at the molecular level, to understand how our probiotics positively affect human well being.
For our work we have several state-of-the-art genomics and microarray platforms in-house, as well as external platforms. We tie all this together using bioinformatics.
An extra dimension is that we work with a diverse range of microbial species. This is a challenge, but also a great source of inspiration.
With such complexity it is of prime importance that we are able to accurately classify species and strains. This is also handled in-house using advanced molecular tools.
New isolates are stored in our culture collection, and is a valuable source in our screening projects.
In brief, nutrigenomics is the study of the connection between lifestyle choices - especially food - and the individual's genetic background.
Nutrigenomics is one of the tools that Chr. Hansen uses when creating new, innovative health concepts.
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