Navigation Links
Raw Sewage a New Frontier for Scientists
Date:10/5/2011

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Raw sewage contains thousands of undiscovered viruses, some of which could affect human health, a new study suggests.

Viruses are everywhere, but only about 3,000 distinct viruses have been identified worldwide.

In this study, researchers looked for the genetic signatures of viruses present in raw sewage in North America, Europe and Africa. They detected the signatures of 234 known viruses representing 26 different virus families, which makes raw sewage home to the most diverse collection of viruses ever documented.

Known viruses detected in raw sewage included human pathogens such as human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer, and norovirus, which causes stomach flu. There were also viruses associated with rodents and cockroaches, viruses from plants and viruses that prey on bacteria.

But most of the genetic signatures belonged to unknown viruses, many of which play unknown roles in human health and environmental processes, according to study editor Michael Imperiale of the University of Michigan.

While some of the unknown viruses from humans may be harmful, others may be benign or even helpful, he said.

The study was published Oct. 4 in the online journal mBio.

The researchers plan to look for viruses in other environments around the world.

"I think this is going to be the tip of the iceberg of how many viruses are out there," Imperiale said in a journal news release. "I think the ocean is going to top raw sewage by orders of magnitude," although viruses won't be found in such densities as they are in sewage.

More information

The University of California Museum of Paleontology has more about viruses.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: mBio, news release, Oct. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Georgia Tech researchers receive 3 NSF Emerging Frontiers awards
2. Investigators explore new frontiers in the development of tomorrows pain medicines
3. New frontiers in diabetes: The oral health connection
4. UCSF, UC Berkeley join forces to advance frontier of brain repair
5. Researchers work at the frontiers of islet cell transplantation
6. New venture explores frontiers of personalized medicine
7. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology: July 16-19, 2010, Berlin, Germany
8. With Launch of a Rocket Composter, Northwest State Community College opens a new frontier in green technology in the US.
9. Parabon's Frontier Grid Platform Software Now Available on Carahsoft's GSA Schedule
10. Cedars-Sinai scientists, physicians to be key presenters at World Stem Cell Summit
11. 2 scientists at the University of Texas at Austin receive early career awards from White House
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Raw Sewage a New Frontier for Scientists 
(Date:6/25/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... preset to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film ... all fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a ... the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The ... in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support its ... PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing ... contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by ... Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased ... and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG ... leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on ... today announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing ... Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. ... in the third quarter of 2016, and to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas ... Brasil as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... of Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Experian ... integrating and transforming the patient payment and ... several innovative new products and services that ... its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions ... efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ever-changing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: