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Sewage-Testing Robots Process Wastewater Faster to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks Sooner

Submitted by tsavage on March 26, 2021 - 10:45 AM

Researchers built a sewage-handling robot that can detect coronavirus in wastewater 30 times faster than nonautomated large-scale systems. Commonly used viral concentration technique use filters and can take anywhere from six to eight hours to transform a couple dozen sewage specimens into samples that can then be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This automated protocol concentrates 24 samples in a 40-minute run.

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The Conversation

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Smruthi Karthikeyan, Rob Knight