UC Berkeley launches pop-up lab to test wastewater for COVID-19

UC Berkeley Environmental Health & Safety staff members Tim Pine and Al Sanchez deploy an autosampler at University Village to collect wastewater for analysis.
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Asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people do not usually receive or seek out clinical testing for COVID-19, so wastewater testing can provide a more 'complete picture' of the prevalence of the virus, according to Rose Kantor, a campus postdoctoral researcher working at the pop-up lab.

At the beginning of this month, a team of scientists at UC Berkeley launched a pop-up lab in Hildebrand Hall to test wastewater for the virus that causes COVID-19.
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