Synthetic DNA traces water contamination sources

Synthetic DNA traces water contamination sources

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Current methods for tracking water contamination are relatively limited in scope and speed, and can be toxic to animals if applied in high enough concentrations. Scientists at New Zealand’s Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) have found a way to swiftly identify the path of contaminated water, as well as the source. Non-toxic and relatively inexpensive to produce, synthetic DNA tracers can be applied to multiple bodies of water.

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