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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

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A new smartphone app can detect signs of norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

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University of Arizona (UA) researchers have created a smartphone app that detects small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when combined with a microscope attachment and a light source.

UA's Jeong-Yeol Yoon said the technique can identify as little as 10 attograms (10-17 grams) of norovirus per milliliter of water, outperforming other portable detectors by six orders of magnitude.

The researchers are using the app to monitor groundwater sources in Tucson, AZ; it allows them to test water sources directly, rather than needing to bring water samples to a lab.

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