Primer is Being Developed to Detect Arsenic Contamination

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Article courtesy of Utah State University | February 10th, 2017 | Science Daily | Shared as educational material.

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A team of researchers at Utah State University College of Engineering developed a new primer that will detect genes in bacteria that convert arsenic into a toxic form that contaminates groundwater. Arsenic contamination is a huge, worldwide problem in drinking water. The new primer will make test results more accurate. It may also lead to better awareness of human activities that may exacerbate arsenic contamination of groundwater. “Arsenic contamination is one of the biggest problems in drinking water all over the world,” said Dr. Babur Mirza, a researcher at USU’s Utah Water Research Lab and lead author on the study. Read more here.

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