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Georgia Southern: Participates in National Study to Assess New Molecular Method That Tests for Microbial Pollution in Water

Application of rapid molecular methods allow for rapid response to mitigate waterborne disease outbreaks within hours and identify the sources of contamination accurately. Implementing these methods in routine monitoring programs at the local level needs good laboratory practice and precision in data acquisition. Georgia Southern University recently participated in a nation-wide study directed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to assess a new quantitative polymerase chain reaction method. The results of the study proposed data acceptance criteria to help evaluating the technical quality of future findings from the method.

Standardized data quality acceptance criteria for a rapid Escherichia coli qPCR method (Draft Method C) for water quality monitoring at recreational beaches” was recently published in the journal Water Research.

Dr. Asli Aslan, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health was a co-author of this study.