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.

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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.