Recent advances in RNA testing has opened the possibility of detecting the COVID-19 virus in wastewater, a method likely to speed the identification of clusters, and target testing. This is especially important on college campuses, including our own, where in-class attendance increases the risk for transmission.
CAGIS Executive Director Wenwu Tang, and Faculty Associate Eric Delmelle are part of a UNC Charlotte-based team lead by Dr. Cynthia Gibas (Bioinformatics) rolling out such a system on Campus. The group will collect and test wastewater from residence halls, and work to trace back detected sources.
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