This Strain of Genetically Engineered Bacteria Helps Detect Pollution

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 11, 2015
References: albertaboostr & fastcoexist
A team of Canadian scientists developed a strain of genetically engineered bacteria that can let researchers know when a body of water is contaminated. Polluted water is becoming a pressing issue in many parts of the world, meaning scientists need new tools to tackle the growing problem. This new pollution detection kit is designed to make it easier for researchers to monitor a body of water from afar.

The new kit is called the 'Field Ready Electrochemical Detector' and it contains a strain of genetically engineered bacteria that can monitor water pollution. Researchers can deploy the kit in a particular area and can then remotely monitor the quality of water. The kit generates an electric signal that is wirelessly transmitted to the researcher if any unwanted substances are detected in the water. The idea is that the kit can help researchers keep an eye on different areas, without the need to take a physical water sample.