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C. Nanotechnology Speeds Up Detection of Disease-Causing Viruses in Water Supplies

Narrator: This is Science Today. A group of scientists at the University of California , Riverside have received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to rapidly detect disease-causing viruses in drinking water supplies. Marylynn Yates, a professor of environmental microbiology, says she's building on successful campus collaboration with the department of chemical and environmental engineering.

Yates: We're using the talents that each of us has in very different areas to bring together to really try to solve a problem. What we're doing is combining the ability to detect infective viruses using cells, because that's where the viruses can grow and in combination with a lot of these molecular methods that are being developed, get the rapid results that we need.

Narrator: In the last few years, the group has been able to detect as few as one infective particle in as little as twelve hours.

Yates: Clearly, we're doing this in the laboratory, but we are excited about the ability to utilize new advances in the area of nanotechnology to speed that up even more.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.