Lab in a Backpack

Rapid and accurate diagnosis for the control and prevention of diseases in aquatic animals

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Lab in a Backpack helps you make better decisions

Lab in a Backpack is a workflow for rapid identification of aquaculture pathogens.

Traditional methods are slow, expensive, and do not have enough resolution to precisely know what’s killing the animals in your aquaculture farm. It can be hard to know the best way forward.

Lab in a Backpack will help you identify aquaculture pathogens so you can make better decisions to protect your animals and your people.

Know your pathogen

Lab in a Backpack can help you identify bacterial pathogens. Both at the species level and using MLST sequences.

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Treat your animals

Use data to guide antibiotic treatments. Prevent antibiotic overuse and reduce the risk of resistance.

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Prevent future disease

Learn the best preventive measures and support the development of locally produced autogenous vaccines.

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Human safety

Detect and eliminate the risk of zoonotic and food-borne diseases before it reaches consumers.

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Lab in a Backpack's pipeline

Three simple steps to better information

If you already have DNA sequences in a FASTQ format you can use our online identification tool straight away. If not, don’t worry, getting the DNA is easier and more cost-efficient than you might think.

  • 1

    Collect samples and gather information

    Gather some information about water quality, mortality, and signs of disease. Then use our or easy-to-use collection kits to obtain samples from diseased animals.

    Get a collection kit

  • 2

    Extract and sequence pathogen DNA

    Send the samples to a nearby lab where a trained operator will extract the DNA from pathogens in the sample and generate nanopore sequences.

    Find a lab near you

  • 3

    Use AquaLab in a Backpack’s identification tool

    Answer a few questions in our cloud based tool to identify the pathogen based on the sequences. You’ll get relevant clinical and epidemiological information.

    Use our ID tool


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