QuadPyre can detect when your seafood isn’t what it claims to be

February 6, 2015 9:19 AM

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Is that grouper or cod on your plate? It’s hard to know as most fish looks identical when it’s been liberated from the scales and other more identifiable bits. Studies indicate that as much as 30% of fish in the US market is mislabeled to sell for a higher price, but researchers from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science might have a solution. The QuadPyre is a handheld device that sniffs out imposter fish on your plate.

The device’s full name is QuadPyre RT-NASBA, but it might be marketed (by a spin off company) as “GrouperChek” pending trademark approval. The letters at the end stand for real-time nucleic acid sequence-based amplification, meaning that it analyzes the sample’s RNA sequence. It was designed to basi...

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