|UNC water-quality test gives same-day results for Great Lakes beaches|
|Wednesday, June 13, 2012|
A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season.
The test created by Rachel Noble, professor at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, dramatically reduces the time needed to detect E. coli in water samples. In the past, using a culture method, water sample testing took between 18 and 24 hours, which meant the decision to close a beach one day was based on a water sample taken the previous day. Noble shares joint appointments with the UNC Department of Marine Sciences, the UNC Institute for the Environment, and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.