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New Test Could Reveal Severity of Dog Waste Contamination in Waterways

by American Chemical Society
Americans love their dogs, but they don’t always love to pick up after them. And that’s a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria — including antibiotic-resistant strains — that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern, according to a report in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.