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[3-minute survey] What’s in the Cam? Share your experiences with our river!

last modified Jun 14, 2018 01:35 PM
It's summer, it's May Bumps, let's have a bath... and year by year, Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters obtain serious infections associated with pathogens from the Cam’s water! What are these bugs, and where do they come from? A detailed information and research framework that targets the involved microbial culprits is still lacking.

Grassroots science project PuntSeq (abb. "Punting & Sequencing") will use a small, portable real-time DNA analyser to study the Cam's water bacteria. They are currently measuring chemical and biological parameters of water samples at different places around cambridge. All data will be openly and publicly shared in the near future.

By filling in this 3-minute survey, Puntseq will have a better quantitative understanding of Cambridge citizens' general contact with the river, about infection rates and types across time and space.

To learn more, follow @puntseq on Twitter or send an email to

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