New paper strips detect Escherichia coli simply, cheaply and quickly
The E. coli-detecting paper strips developed at McMaster University (Photo: JD Howell)
Nothing can put a dampener on a summer holiday like a coliform bacteria outbreak. But even worse than being told to keep out of the water in the event of an outbreak is not being told to keep out of the water in the event of an outbreak and ending up paying the price. Researchers at McMaster University have now developed a paper strip test that is cheap to produce, extremely portable, simple to use, and detects E. coli in water in 30 minutes.
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