Volume 92 Issue 37 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 15, 2014

Bacteria In Water Monitored Nonstop

Bioanalysis: Device could serve as early warning system
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: water monitoring, bacteria, contamination, antimicrobial peptides, microfluidics

Bacterial contamination of drinking water is a worldwide problem that each year causes millions of people to become sick and possibly face hospitalization and even death. Yet tests that could alert people to dangerous bacteria in drinking water remain difficult to carry out, in both developed and resource-limited countries.

Currently, scientists use immunoassays or try to grow bacteria collected from water samples to test for contamination. These approaches are time-consuming and require preparation of discrete . . .

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