Current chemical analysis of waste- and drinking water lacks non-standardized tests for toxins. Both qualitative and quantitative. Researchers of the Genomics-based water monitoring theme have found a solution to this problem – genomics-based monitoring by C. elegans.
This study proves that fingerprinting of polluted wastewater streams works as expected and is a breakthrough step toward a single-test methods to qualify and quantify the toxic potency of especially hydrophilic bioactive contaminants.
Karengera, Antoine, Ilse Verburg, Mark G. Sterken, Joost A. G. Riksen, Albertinka J. Murk, and Inez J. T. Dinkla. 2022. “Determining Toxic Potencies of Water-Soluble Contaminants in Wastewater Influents and Effluent Using Gene Expression Profiling in C. Elegans as a Bioanalytical Tool.” Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00244-022-00959-y.