Sid Martin Biotech: An out-of-way incubator gains visibility

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Author: Kristine Crane
Publisher: Gainesville Sun
Date: August 16, 2013

If you’ve ever eaten “Maryland crab cake” and wondered if it actually came from the mid-Atlantic coastline, you might be comforted to know that the country’s CSI of seafood is practically in your backyard.

A company called Applied Food Technologies, AFT for short, is one of many companies housed at the Sid Martin Biotech Incubator in Alachua. AFT gets in box-loads of fish from all over the world and does DNA testing to make sure the fish is correctly labeled.

For example, AFT researchers can tell if the “grouper” on your menu is real grouper or Asian catfish, the latter of which is injected with antibiotics that are banned in the U.S. Read more here.