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To Detect Pathogen Movement: Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization

James Cowen, Oceanographer at the University of Hawaii, "believes that successful pathogens attach themselves to organic aggregates, which in turn carry the bacteria through the watershed to a new location. A new technique, called Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH), is being used to detect this movement of pathogens and aggregates. By using this system, Cowen hopes to find a more accurate method of assessing Hawaii's water quality." (Excerpt from the National Sea Grant Program's press release, April 29, 2002)

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