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UCI study demonstrates the efficiency of wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor SARS-CoV-2

News Medical, Oct. 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

UCI study demonstrates the efficiency of wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor SARS-CoV-2

“When the pandemic hit, and we heard about wastewater monitoring efforts, we immediately thought of the wastewater collection in our lab that we were using to hunt for phages—viruses that infect bacteria and could be used as alternatives to antibiotics,” said Katrine Whiteson, Ph.D., [UCI] associate professor of molecular biology & biochemistry and co-corresponding author. “I am proud of the team of students mobilized by Jason Rothman in our lab to process and concentrate the wastewater to search for viruses.”