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Host-Specific Identification of Fecal Pollution in Water

Researches at MU have developed systematical computation protocol to identify the genetic markers that can be used to determine the animal source of fecal pollution.  Based on the sequences of genetic markers, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay can be developed to identify bacterium specific for the host.  The protocol is a high-throughput method and more accurate than all existing methods. This method has been successfully used in development of PCR assay specific for poultry feces, and validated through laboratory experiments with hundreds of fecal and water samples.  The resulting method is robust and user friendly, and can be applied to any field where tracking the host source of bacteria is needed.


-Fecal Pollution
-Source Tracking


-Increased Accuracy




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