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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2008 Jun;19(3):274-80. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2008.04.004. Epub 2008 Jun 3.

Molecular assessment of bacterial pathogens - a contribution to drinking water safety.

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Department of Vaccinology and Applied Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre of Infection Research (HZI), Inhoffenstr. 7, D-38124 Braunschweig, Germany.


Human bacterial pathogens are considered as an increasing threat to drinking water supplies worldwide because of the growing demand of high-quality drinking water and the decreasing quality and quantity of available raw water. Moreover, a negative impact of climate change on freshwater resources is expected. Recent advances in molecular detection technologies for bacterial pathogens in drinking water bear the promise in improving the safety of drinking water supplies by precise detection and identification of the pathogens. More importantly, the array of molecular approaches allows understanding details of infection routes of waterborne diseases, the effects of changes in drinking water treatment, and management of freshwater resources.

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