Friday, February 25, 2011

VIETNAM: Make it glow

Make it glow
Genetically engineered firefly cells could make it a lot cheaper to assess dioxin hotspots in Vietnam
For nearly forty years, the US government and the Agent Orange manufacturers have refused to take responsibility for these problems. Efforts are only now underway to clean some of these hot spots up.

“The problem with dioxin analysis is that you need to have pretty expensive instrumentation,” he said, noting that there was only one gas chromatograph in all of Vietnam when he first visited. “[The cells] give you a relatively rapid way to say: these compounds are present in a sample.”

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