Next-Generation Sequencing

  • Overview
  • Research
  • Benefits of Testing
  • Why Work With NSF?

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) offers higher throughput and broader reach than traditional sequencing.

NSF experts provide NGS services for microbiological analyses, including whole genome sequencing and assembly as well as 16s metagenomics and shotgun metagenomics.

With NGS technology and our deep scientific expertise, we are able to:

  • Validate the authenticity of your sample
  • Identify and speciate organisms of interest
  • Look for resistances and virulence traits
  • Determine genetic similarities and differences between organisms
  • Understand population dynamics between sample sets
  • Perform raw material and finished goods testing


NSF’s NGS services can provide solutions for industrial, academic and governmental collaborators with a focus on food safety, supply chain and industry research. NGS projects could include:

  • Bacteria: Whole genome sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, 16s metagenomics and genomic barcoding are used to identify individual organisms, compare and track organisms, and map the bacterial community in a sample, including identifying potentially dangerous bacterial contamination of products.
  • Botanical ingredients: Whole genome sequencing and genomic barcoding are used to identify and authenticate botanical content in products.
  • Proprietary blends: Whole genome sequencing and genomic barcoding are used to identify and authenticate the contents of proprietary blends.
  • Meat and seafood: Genomic barcoding is used to speciate and identify product components.

Benefits of Testing

NSF’s testing and analysis services can be tailored to suit your project and range from basic barcoding to more complex sequencing, fitting the tool to the experiment purpose.  We can craft a custom research plan to fit your needs, collaborating to solve your problems and answer your questions.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International uses detailed, quality-controlled genetic testing methods to provide you with the reliability you need to protect consumer safety.  We are dedicated to working with you, not just for you; through effective communication and education to solve problems.  We provide answers, not more questions, allowing you to focus on product development instead of more testing, ultimately saving significant time and money.

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