The Molecular Genetics Division (Bremerhaven Institute for Biological Information Systems (BIBIS)) develops methods, amongst others for the food sector, for the rapid and reliable detection of viruses, human-pathogenic germs and other contaminants and pathogens. These processes are used in medical diagnostics, wastewater treatment and the food industry. In addition, scientists can detect, by means of variations, changes in genetic material and clearly identify which species is involved.

Using the PCR method (Polymerase Chain Reaction), tests can be carried out, for example, which make it possible to draw conclusions about the state of freshness of a product from the propagation of a bacterial strain. This forms the basis for reliable quality control.