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Flow cytometry is a laser-based technology to measure cells or other particles made to flow single file through a sensing area. These systems can also sort the detected cells by electronically charging them when detected and then deflecting them into a separate liquid stream. Recently, flow cytometry has been applied to the detection, separation, and purification of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts concentrated from water Vesey et al. Despite the advances in applying flow cytometry to the concentration, purification, and detection of C.
The instruments are expensive and require a skilled, dedicated analyst; infectious and non-infectious organisms can not be reliably distinguished and sample cross-contamination is a high risk because field samples and positive control calibration samples pass through the same chambers and channels.
Assay methods include all of the approaches involving either propagation or other analyses of microbes. These assay methods include 1 culture or infectivity, 2 viability or activity measurements, 3 immunoassays, 4 nucleic acid assays, and 5 microscopic and other optical or imaging methods. Often, several of these assays are combined or used concurrently in order to provide more definitive information on the quantity, identity, characteristics and state of the target organisms.
Detection of microbial pathogens by culture or infectivity assays is preferred because it demonstrates that the target microbe is alive and capable of multiplication or replication. From a public health and risk assessment standpoint, microbial pathogen assays based infectivity are the most relevant and interpretable ones. Culture of bacterial pathogens is widely used in clinical diagnostic microbiology, and, for many waterborne bacterial pathogens, culture methods are adapted from those initially developed for medical diagnosis.
Typical approaches are culturing the target microbes from specified volumes of water by preenrichment and enrichment methods using broth media or filtering the organisms from specified volumes of water and placing the filters in broth or agar culture media. Using membrane filters, the bacteria are often cultured directly by placing the filter on differential and selective media and incubating at appropriate temperatures to allow the development of discrete colonies of the target pathogens.
Usually, the identity of the cultured bacteria must be confirmed by one or more of several methods. These methods include 1 subculturing on other differential and selective media; 2 biochemical, metabolic and other phenotypic analyses for substrate utilization or conversion, enzyme activity, oxidation and reduction reactions, antibiotic resistance, motility, etc.
The nucleic acid methods include hybridization gene probe , nucleic acid amplification by PCR and other methods , restriction enzyme fragment length analyses restriction fragment length polymorphism; RFLP , and nucleotide sequencing. Detection of bacterial pathogens in water continues to be of interest because of newly recognized, newly appreciated, and evolving agents.
Despite the ability to culture many bacterial pathogens for more than a century, culturing them from water continues to be technologically underdeveloped and has not advanced greatly beyond the application of methods used routinely in clinical diagnostic microbiology Eaton et al. While conventional culture and antibiotic sensitivity methods are often suitable for medical diagnostic microbiology applications, these methods are not always suitable for application to the detection of bacteria in water.
This is because of the need for sensitive, specific, and efficient detection and quantitation of low levels of bacterial pathogens in water and the ability to distinguish them from nonpathogenic strains of the same or similar genera and species.
For some of the recognized enteric bacterial pathogens such as various species of the Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, and Vibrio genera, culture methods for their detection in clinical, food, and water samples have changed little beyond attempts to improve recoveries and provide more distinctive recognition using modified preenrichment and enrichment broths and differential and selective agars.
For some other enteric bacterial pathogens, such as the recently appreciated enterohemorrhagic strains of Escherichia coli O H7 , for example, culturing from water and other samples continues to be a challenge because of the relative abundance of other nonpathogenic strains of E.
Culturine the target pathogenic strains from water then becomes an exercise in attempting to select for their growth based on distinctive biochemical or other properties that would facilitate their separation from the other nontarget strains. In the case of E. H7, for example, it can be separated from other E.
Therefore, its detection is facilitated by using a modification of the standard MacConkey agar as the differential and selective medium by including sorbitol in it. On sorbitol MacConkey agar, E. H7 colonies appear atypical because sorbitol is not fermented. However, such colonies must be further confirmed by serological or other methods to confirm their identity as E.
Other waterborne pathogenic bacteria for which culture methods remain underdeveloped and inadequate are those for Yersinia enterocolitica, Aeromonas hydrophila and other Aeromonas species, Helicobacter pylori, Legionella species, and Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare. These bacteria are still difficult to reliably culture using currently available media and methods because their growth is inefficient low plating efficiency , growth rates are slow, and they are often overgrown by other nontarget bacteria.
Efforts to culture some of these bacteria include the use of antibiotics as well as physical heat and chemical acid treatments to reduce or eliminate nontarget bacteria. Even when these bacteria are cultured, they often must be separated or distinguished from other, nontarget bacteria that were also cultured from the sample. In some cases, it is impossible to distinguish nonpathogenic strains from pathogenic strains of the same bacterial genus and species unless advanced immunochemical, nucleic acid, or bioassay methods are used to detect specific antigens, genes, or activities found only in the pathogenic strains of the bacterium.
For example, in recent efforts to detect potentially pathogenic Aeromonas species in water and food, isolates were tested for cytotoxins by cell culture and PCR assays, enterotoxins by PCR assays, and invasiveness in cell cultures Granum et al.
Aeromonas hydrophila strains, as well as two A. The ability to detect specific virulence factors in water isolates of Aeromonas species helps elucidate their possible role in waterborne disease. Studies over the past several decades demonstrate that many waterborne bacterial pathogens and indicators are physiologically altered such that they are not efficiently cultured using standard selective and differential media Ray, ; Colwell and Grimes, This results in considerable underestimation of the hue concentrations of these bacteria in water and therefore underestimation of their risks to human health.
It is contended that stressed, injured, and VBNC bacteria are still fully infectious for humans and other animal hosts, although there is disagreement on this matter. Some studies report human and animal experimental infection by VBNC or injured bacteria, and other studies report no animal infectivity by such cells. Despite disagreement about the public health significance of VBNC, injured, and stressed bacteria, a number of experimental procedures clearly demonstrate that the number of culturable cells in a population of VBNC, injured, or stressed bacteria can be increased using modified assay methods.
These methods include the use of nonselective media yeast extract, nonselective broth, or agar media , less selective media containing fewer or reduced concentrations of inhibitory agents , and other, less stressful culture conditions such as, lower incubation temperatures, optimum pH levels, optimum concentrations of salts and nutrients, etc.
Despite evidence that such injury repair and resuscitation methods improve the detection of viable and potentially cultural bacteria, these methods are rarely used to detect pathogens in drinking water. Estimates of the occurrence and risks from pathogenic bacteria in water would be improved if injury repair and resuscitation methods were more widely used for detection in water.
As obligate intracellular parasites, many enteric viruses can be propagated or cultured in susceptible hosts of either whole animals or mammalian cells grown in culture Payment and Trudel, ; Payment, Some enteric viruses can be grown in experimental animals, such as mice certain enteroviruses, adenoviruses, reoviruses , pigs rotaviruses and hepatitis E virus , or subhuman primates hepatitis A and E viruses and rotaviruses.
However, experimental animals are almost never used for enteric virus detection in water because of high costs, technical demands, and ethical considerations of animal rights. Some enteric viruses are readily cultured in susceptible. Some viruses, such as certain enteroviruses, reoviruses, adenoviruses, and astroviruses, will propagate in susceptible host cell cultures and produce morphologically distinct cytopathogenic effects CPEs. Other viruses, including some enteroviruses, reoviruses, adenoviruses, rotaviruses, astroviruses, and hepatitis A virus, grow poorly or slowly in cell cultures and produce little or no CPE.
Detection of these viruses requires the use of additional analytical techniques directed at detecting viral antigens immunofluorescence, immunoenzyme, and radioimmune assays or nucleic acids nucleic acid hybridization and amplification assays. Other viruses, such as certain enteroviruses, caliciviruses, parvoviruses, coronaviruses, picobirnaviruses, and hepatitis E virus, cannot be propagated in any known cell cultures. Such viruses will not be detected in water unless sensitive and specific analytical methods, such as nucleic acid amplification by PCR or reverse transcription RT -PCR, are applied directly to concentrated samples.
Assays of viruses in cell cultures can be quantified using quantal or enumerative methods. In quantal methods different volumes or dilutions of sample are inoculated into replicate hosts cell cultures or animals and the numbers of infected positive and negative uninfected hosts for each volume are scored to calculate a most probable number MPN , 50 percent tissue culture infectious dose TCID 50 , or other expression of concentration.
Enumerative methods are typically done by plaque assays in cell cultures where virus infection of inoculated cells is confined by the presence of solidified agar-containing medium so that the viruses can infect only adjacent cells.
This results in the formation of localized areas or lesions of infection and host cell lysis called plaques, and each plaque is assumed to have originated from a single infectious virus. Virus concentrations are expressed as plaque-forming units, analogous to colony-forming units for bacteria on solid media.
The environmental forms of some protozoan parasites, such as spores, cysts and oocysts, can be cultured on susceptible host cells.
Cysts of the free-living ameba, such as Naegleria spp. Spores of some of the important human microsporidia, such as Encephalitozoon intestinalis and Enterocytozoon bieneusi , and oocysts of Cryptosporidium parvum can be cultured on mammalian host cells where spores germinate or oocysts excyst and active stages of the organisms can proliferate in the cells Arrowood et al.
The living stages can be detected after immunofluorescent or other staining and quantified by scoring positive and negative microscope fields or cell areas slide wells or by counting the numbers of discrete living stages of groups loci of them.
Concentrations can be expressed as an MPN or in some other unit, such as numbers of live stages. Detection is also possible by PCR, immunoblotting, and electron microscopy.
For other waterborne parasites, such as Giardia lamblia and Cyclospora. The sample is inoculated into susceptible host cell cultures, and the cultures are incubated to allow the viruses or parasites to infect the cells and proliferate. After an incubation period sufficient to produce enough nucleic acid for direct detection or further amplification, the nucleic acid is denatured and fixed either in situ or after extraction. These methods facilitate the detection of infectious but noncytopathogenic viral and protozoan pathogens that are capable of proliferating in cell cultures.
Combining cell culture and PCR or RT-PCR also reduces the incubation time to detect pathogen nucleic acid, because even small amounts of the target nucleic acid produced in culture can be rapidly and specifically amplified in vitro using these techniques. Combined cell culture and nucleic acid detection has been used to detect HAV and other fastidious enteric viruses in water Shieh et al.
Recently, a combination of cell culture and PCR was used successfully to detect Cryptosporidium parvum recovered from water using centrifugation and immunomagnetic separation methods Di Giovanni et al. Bacterial pathogens concentrated and purified from water can be assayed for viability or activity by combining microscopic examination with chemical treatments to detect activity or "viability. An example is tetrazolium dye reduction by bacteria, such as reduction of 2- p -iodophenyl p -nitrophenyl phenyltetrazolium chloride, which measures dehydrogenase activity.
Reduction of tetrazolium dye leads to precipitation of reduced products in the bacterial cells that are seen microscopically as dark crystals. Another assay of viable gram-negative bacteria is the cell elongation assay using nalidixic acid "Kogure" method. Nalidixic acid inhibits RNA synthesis in live gram-negative cells, thereby causing them to elongate and be distinguished from dead cells. Application of these methods to pathogens in water often involves combinations of methods, such as combining an activity measurement with an.
An example of this approach combines fluorescent antibody FA with tetrazolium dye reduction and involves looking for reduced crystals in cells specifically stained with fluorescent antibodies. For example, Pyle et al. H7 in water in three to four hours. Bacteria were captured by filtration on nonfluorescent polycarbonate membranes, incubated on absorbent pads saturated with CTC medium, and reacted with a specific antibody conjugated with fluorescein isothiocyanate. The membrane filters were examined by epifluorescence microscopy with optical filters permitting concurrent visualization of fluorescent red-orange CTC-formazan crystals in respiring cells that were also stained fluorescent apple-green with specific FA.
Other fluorogenic compounds that react specifically with targets in "viable" cells also have been used to detect bacteria cells and protozoan cysts and oocysts. Another activity or viability approach is based on detecting a nucleic acid target consistent with viability in the ribosomal RNA, messenger RNA, or genomic RNA of the pathogen.
Detection of pathogen nucleic acid by fluorescent in situ hybridization has been applied to detecting bacteria, protozoan cysts, and oocysts, as well as viruses in infected cell cultures. Nucleic acid methods for pathogen detection, quantitation and characterization in water are described in the next section.
Methods for nucleic acid cloning, synthesis, hybridization, sequencing, and other analyses now make it possible to detect pathogens in environmental samples. However, the application of direct nucleic acid hybridization using cDNA or RNA "gene" probes to detect and quantify environmental pathogens is inadequate owing to 1 high detection limits about to generate targets , 2 large sample volumes that are impractical for most hybridization protocols without further pathogen concentration, 3 hybridization reaction failures false negatives and ambiguities false positives due to sample-related interferences and nonspecific reactions, and 4 uncertainties about whether positive reactions are truly indicative of infectious pathogens.
Some of the limitations of direct nucleic acid hybridization for pathogen detection in environmental samples are overcome by first culturing bacteria and by inoculating viruses and protozoans into cell cultures for replication prior to gene probing.
This approach, which was introduced in a previous section of this paper, has several advantages. Allowing pathogens to multiply amplifies target viral nucleic acids prior to extraction and gene probing and thereby facilitates detection. Culturing also helps to accommodate environmental sample or sample concentrate volumes, which are much larger than the volumes accommodated by direct gene probing.
In addition, inoculating samples for culture dilutes and. Furthermore, because the pathogens have the opportunity to multiply, it becomes possible to relate gene probe detection to pathogen infectivity. Despite these advantages, this approach still relies on culturing and so it cannot be applied to noncultivable pathogens.
With the recent development of PCR and other in vitro enzymatic amplification techniques for target gene sequences, the direct detection of low levels of human pathogens in environmental samples becomes more plausible, practical, and economically feasible than ever before Persing et al. For example, methods to detect enteric viruses in water by nucleic acid amplification using PCR and RT-PCR have advanced in recent years to the point where they have been successfully applied to investigating waterborne outbreaks caused by nonculturable human caliciviruses viruses Bellar et al.
Despite these advances and successes, a variety of strategic issues and technical problems must be further addressed in order for PCR and related nucleic acid amplification and detection methods to become practical and reliable for the direct detection of emerging pathogens in environmental samples.
There are several essential steps in the development and application of PCR, other related enzymatic amplification techniques, and nucleic acid hybridization techniques such as oligonucleotide probing for successful detection of human pathogens in environmental samples. These key steps are 1 identification and selection of oligonucleotide primers and hybridization probes for target genomic sequences; 2 testing of selected primers and probes for sensitivity, specificity and selectivity; 3 further purification and concentration of the pathogens in environmental sample concentrates to enable efficient and reliable enzymatic amplification of low numbers of target genomic sequences; 4 testing of the methods for their applicability to natural pathogen strains and actual field samples; and 5 verifying that PCR amplification and oligonucleotide probing detect human pathogens that are potentially infectious and therefore pose a risk to human health.
Selection of oligonucleotide primers and probes for target pathogens requires that sequence data be available. Such data are now available for some waterborne pathogens, and the database is increasing for a variety of emerging waterborne pathogens. However, these data are not comprehensive for all pathogens of concern, and they are still limited for some of the epidemiologically most important pathogens, such as the human caliciviruses and Cryptosporidium parvum.
Proper selection of PCR primers and oligonucleotide probes requires detailed knowledge of the genomic organization and function and the nucleotide sequences of the target pathogens. Of particular importance are the type and. It is essential to select oligonucleotide primers and probes having the following characteristics: Because of the large number of different waterborne pathogens, efforts have been made to amplify as many as possible using a single primer pair for those belonging to a genetically related taxonomic group.
For the human enteric viruses, pan-specific primers and oligonucleotide probes have been developed for the human enteroviruses, group A rotaviruses, human caliciviruses, and adenoviruses.
However, additional studies are needed to verify that these primers and probes do not amplify or detect similar or identical nucleotide sequences in the genomes of nonhuman animal viruses belonging to the same taxonomic groups. If so, alternative genomic sequences having greater specificity for the human pathogenic strains of these taxonomic groups must be selected.
If this is not possible, additional analytical methods, such as RFLP or nucleotide sequencing, must be applied to the amplicons in order to conclusively identify them as being from the strain or type target microbe that infects and poses a health risk to humans.
One method involves the use of additional primers internal to the group-specific primers that would amplify subsequently from the initially amplified cDNA "nested amplification". Another approach is hybridization using highly specific oligoprobes that would hybridize only with amplicons from a single pathogen type or strain. Selected oligonucleotide primers and probes must be tested for specificity and selectivity.
It must be verified that primers have the ability to amplify a DNA of correct molecular weight and that the amplicon will hybridize with a specific nucleic acid probe e. Furthermore, it must be verified that the probes are nonreactive with the nucleic acid of nontarget microbes. The sensitivities or lower detection limits of PCR or other nucleic acid amplification methods for target pathogens can be tested by determining the greatest dilution of a known quantified pathogen suspension that can be successfully amplified.
The same sample is also quantified by infectivity, microscopic enumeration of the numbers of microbes or other methods so that the endpoint PCR titer can be compared to these other titers. The quantification methods should include determining if there are materials in the sample interfering with PCR amplification and should estimate the concentration of target microbes in the sample.
This can be done by measuring or quantifying the amount of amplicon DNA product produced under defined PCR or RT-PCR conditions using electrochemoluminescence, immunoassays, fluorescence signal increase using a fluorescent primer that. Also, the amount of target DNA amplified in the sample can be compared to the amount of target DNA amplified under the same conditions from a positive control sample containing a known amount of nucleic acid from the same target microbe suspended in a noninhibitory solution.
Using this approach, however, it is not possible to determine if lack of or low amplification of the target is due to inhibition by sample constituents, to few target nucleic acids being present, or a combination of both. Another approach to quantifying PCR or RT-PCR and determining the effects of sample-related inhibitors is to add a known amount of an internal nucleic acid standard as a positive control into the sample.
Adding specific amounts of positive control nucleic acid sequences in the reaction mixture and determining the extent of amplification of this target which differs from the true target makes it possible to quantify both sample inhibition and the amount of actual target nucleic acid in the sample. Typical environmental sample concentrates for pathogens are too large in volume 10 to 50 ml and too contaminated with extraneous interfering constituents for reliable and sensitive enzymatic amplification of target pathogen genome sequences, especially at the low levels low target nucleic acid numbers typically found in most water samples.
Therefore, in some previous studies target pathogen nucleic acid has been isolated from environmental samples by standard techniques of nucleic acid extraction, purification, and concentration, such as proteinase K digestion, phenol-chloroform extraction, and ethanol precipitation.
However, these methods are cumbersome, laborious, and often inefficient, thus leading to poor recoveries and inadequate detection limits. Furthermore, disruption of pathogens to liberate target nucleic acid at an early stage of sample concentration and purification makes it impossible to compare pathogen detection by nucleic acid amplification to pathogen detection by other methods, such as infectivity or particle count.
Preferred sample cleanup and concentration strategies maintain pathogen integrity as long as possible prior to enzymatic amplification. This makes it possible to compare PCR endpoint titers with infectivity assay or particle count titers without intervening or additional purification and concentration steps that could cause differential losses.
Candidate chemical purification and concentration methods for subsequent nucleic acid amplification and some other pathogen detection methods include precipitation e. Immunoaffinity capture and purification of pathogens as antigens is a cleanup and concentration option that has been successfully applied to some viruses, bacteria, and parasites.
However, it is not applicable to some pathogens because of the lack of reagent quality antisera or the antigenic diversity of a large pathogen group lacking a common antigen and hence requiring many antisera. Overall, nucleic acid amplification by PCR or RT-PCR and hybridization using oligonucleotide probes is a specific, selective, and sensitive approach to the detection of pathogens in environmental samples.
Oligonucleotide primers and probes can be selected to detect broad pathogen groups, such as the enteroviruses and Salmonella or specific pathogens, such as hepatitis A virus. In particular these methods can be used to detect fastidious pathogens, such as human caliciviruses and Cyclospora cayatenensis.
Under optimized conditions method sensitivity or detection limit is less than one infectious unit and in principle as little as one target gene sequence. Methods have been developed and evaluated to concentrate and purify target pathogens from environmental samples such as water for successful detection by nucleic acid amplification and oligoprobe hybridization.
These methods have been successfully applied to the detection of viral, bacterial, and protozoan pathogens in field samples of water. However, the inability of most of these nucleic acid methods to conclusively detect only the infectious pathogens is a limitation that remains to be overcome.
Microscopic methods include ordinary light microscopy bright-field and dark-field , phase contrast, differential contrast, fluorescence, laser scanning, video, and other forms of microscopic and image analysis Lawrence et al.
These methods are not effective for viruses or other very small ultra-small agents, and some are not effective for very transparent agents unless the microbes are stained. The detection of internal and external structural features e. For example, phase contrast and differential interference contrast microscopy are used to visualize.
This helps distinguish them from algae and other particles of similar size and shape. Fluorescent ultraviolet light microscopy methods are useful for transparent cells or other cells or organelles that are difficult to detect. The cells are reacted with a fluorochrome that interacts with a cellular components or macromolecules, which are then detected by ultraviolet light microscopy. Capturing microscopic images by digital methods for image analysis using computers has greatly advanced the capabilities to detect, quantify, and characterize pathogens and other microbes in environmental samples.
For example, computer-assisted laser scanning and video microscopy have been applied to the analysis of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in environmental samples Anguish and Ghiorse, Another technology employing advanced image analyses to detect, quantify and characterize pathogens in water is laser-based flow cytometry plus fluorescent cell sorting, which are methods that have been previously described above.
Immunofluorescent detection by microscopy or other methods is a specific and potentially powerful way to detect pathogens and other microbes in water if there are enough target pathogens in the sample for detection McDermott, Antibodies directed against antigens of the target pathogen can be labeled conjugated with a fluorochrome or fluorescent dye e. These fluorescent antibodies are reacted with the target microbe, and then the microbe preparation is washed to remove meted fluorescent antibody.
The sample is then examined for the target microbe by ultraviolet light microscopy or another analytical method to detect the immunofluorescent signal e. Alternatively, secondary fluorochrome-labeled antibodies directed against the primary antibodies now serving as antigens of the species of animal in which the antibodies against the microbe were raised can be used in an indirect immunofluorescence assay.
The target microbial antigen is reacted initially with a specific antibody, and then the resulting antigen-antibody complex is reacted with fluorochrome-labeled antispecies antibody to provide the signal for immunofluorescent detection. Enzyme immunoassays employ enzyme-conjugated antibodies directed against target pathogens.
The antigen-antibody complex is detected and quantified by the ability of the enzyme to react with a substrate that typically produces either a colored product for colorimetry or emits light for luminometry. Enzyme immunoassays often are done on a solid phase to which the pathogen antigens have been applied, such as a membrane filter or the bottom of a microtiter plate well. To provide increased specificity and to facilitate separation of the target microbial antigen from other particles and solutes in the sample, the target antigen can be captured on the solid phase using a specific antibody.
As with other immunoassays, enzyme immunoassays can be direct enzyme-conjugated, primary antibody against antigens of the target microbe or indirect enzyme-conjugated, antispecies secondary antibody. Studies have repeatedly shown that solid-phase enzyme immunoassays generally are too insensitive for direct detection of microbial pathogens in water, as they require a minimum of 10, to , target microbes or their antigens for detection.
In most situations drinking water and its sources rarely contain high enough levels of most target pathogens for direct immnoenzymatic detection. However, enzyme immunoassays also have been combined with methods to propagate target pathogens by various culture methods, thereby increasing their numbers for immnoenzymatic detection. For example, cell culture infectivity has been used to propagate noncytopathogenic viral pathogens and thereby enhance their detection Payment, Agglutination methods are used to detect pathogens by combining dispersed cells, viruses, or other forms of pathogen antigens with antibodies on a slide, for example and allowing for antigen-antibody reactions to produce agglutination clumping that can be scored as negative or various degrees of positive strong, medium, or weak.
One modification is latex bead agglutination in which antibodies against a specific microbial antigen especially nonparticulate or "soluble" antigen are attached to latex beads. The beads are reacted with the sample. If the sample contains the specific antigen, agglutination occurs by the reaction of antigens with antibodies on the beads resulting in the beads clumping together agglutinating. As with enzyme immunoassays, agglutination tests are too insensitive to directly detect and quantify most waterborne pathogens in drinking water and other aquatic samples.
The target microbes must first be propagated in order to obtain a sufficient number of them or a sufficient amount of antigen to detect and antigenically characterize them by agglutination methods.
Some pathogens are detectable became they contain distinctive macromolecules or biochemicals that aid in their identification and detection. These include cell wall component assays for lipopolysaccharides, muramic acids, and assays for signature biolipids White, Signature lipid biomarker analysis is based on the use of techniques such as liquid extraction and thin layer chromatography to separate and purify the microbial lipids from the microbes in the environmental sample.
Using these techniques it has been shown that Cryptosporidium parvum contains a characteristic phosphatidyl-ethanolamine, that may make it possible to detect this parasite in environmental samples Schrum et al. The identification and detection of microbial contaminants in drinking water must continue to be a high priority for assessing the risks from and managing the microbial quality of drinking water supplies.
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A small portion of the documents have been produced at trial and cited in media reports. Much of their contents is reported here for the first time. In , as the U. The World Health Organization and other authorities recognize no safe level of exposure to asbestos. While most people exposed never develop cancer, for some, even small amounts of asbestos are enough to trigger the disease years later. Many plaintiffs allege that the amounts they inhaled when they dusted themselves with tainted talcum powder were enough.
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The company referred all inquiries to its outside litigation counsel, Peter Bicks. Other records, they have argued, referred to non-asbestos forms of the same minerals that their experts say are harmless.
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