TWiV 737: SARS-CoV-2 in NYC wastewater

April 1, 2021

John, Monica, and Davida join TWiV to discuss development of a method to detect SARS-CoV-2 in raw sewage from all 14 of New York City’s treatment plants, and its use to determine the presence of the genome throughout the pandemic and detection of genome mutations from variants of concern.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

Guest: John Dennehy, Davida Smyth, and Monica Trujillo

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5 comments on “TWiV 737: SARS-CoV-2 in NYC wastewater

  1. John Hempel Apr 1, 2021

    Re. stability, have you looked at decay if the sample is left on the shelf for, say, a month?

    Also good that you had a control sample that was negative. But for another negative control, as used by old colleagues, wordsearch Negative Control here: (as sourced via eBay)

  2. leo hj wouters Apr 1, 2021

    Very interesting episode (as usual) – thanks again for your intiative -high value.
    Same studies /monitoring was done in Paris and Marseille 2020. Their graphs showed that the virus appeard in waste waters before the surge in the people from that area .
    Kind of predator value – sequencing was performer as well .