Presentation Title

Molecular detection of pathogens in human water sources of Lima, Peru

Advisor Information

Paul Davis

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 107

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-3-2014 11:00 AM

End Date

7-3-2014 11:15 AM

Abstract

Water is the world’s most essential resource for life, which also holds the potential to cause great harm via microscopic pathogens. Resultant infections have the ability to cause growth deficiencies, mental retardation, mental illness, and are the second most likely cause of death in children under the age of 5 worldwide.This work utilizes modern advances in molecular biology to allow rapid, economic, and highly specific testing for potentially harmful water borne pathogens. As part of UNO’s 2013 OLLAS study abroad program to Lima, Peru 22 water samples were collected from the Rimac River or residential locations. These DNA samples were then tested utilizing the developed PCR assays for the harmful organisms V. cholera, Cryptosporidium, C. perfringens, E. histolytica, G. lamblia, Leptospira, and T. gondii.

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Molecular detection of pathogens in human water sources of Lima, Peru

UNO Criss Library, Room 107

Water is the world’s most essential resource for life, which also holds the potential to cause great harm via microscopic pathogens. Resultant infections have the ability to cause growth deficiencies, mental retardation, mental illness, and are the second most likely cause of death in children under the age of 5 worldwide.This work utilizes modern advances in molecular biology to allow rapid, economic, and highly specific testing for potentially harmful water borne pathogens. As part of UNO’s 2013 OLLAS study abroad program to Lima, Peru 22 water samples were collected from the Rimac River or residential locations. These DNA samples were then tested utilizing the developed PCR assays for the harmful organisms V. cholera, Cryptosporidium, C. perfringens, E. histolytica, G. lamblia, Leptospira, and T. gondii.