Using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) to Track SARS-CoV-2 Across Illinois

Sarah Owens, Argonne
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Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) involves monitoring for potential pathogens and their metabolites in samples from wastewater treatment plants, sewers, and waterways. In this talk, I will explain how we are using molecular biology in concert with computational approaches to make it possible to detect and track SARS-Cov-2 in wastewater. I will also discuss how we plan for a future pandemic and how we will use the lessons learned from this work to detect novel pathogens.