In the midst of the pandemic, wastewater testing rose to prominence as a way to monitor the spread of COVID-19. At a time when individual testing was hard to come by, wastewater testing provided insights on infection rates across the country. Kaitlyn Hess Jimenez is the Senior Group Lead for Analytical Chemistry at an MIT startup called BioBot. She says this testing method is a “game changer” that could help detect substances like medications, illnesses like RSV and more. She explains how BioBot is using wastewater to help communities. 

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