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September 16, 2020

Development of a Wastewater Analysis Protocol for SARS-CoV-2 Using Quantitative Real-Time PCR

Genome Webinar

Technical Director,
Weck Laboratories

Product Manager, PCR and qPCR Reagents,
Agilent Technologies

Surveillance analysis of potentially pathogenic microbes found in shared public resources is an important component of research aimed at understanding, preparing for, and protecting communities from potential widespread infection and transmission of infectious diseases. For example, wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 has emerged as an efficient, cost-effective, and reliable method for assessing and estimating population infection levels. This approach may provide data to develop predictive modeling tools, enabling hospital and ICU occupancy trend analysis in the future. 

The fastest and most affordable method to date for quantitative viral detection is the quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR) assay. This webinar will discuss background, technique, reagents and instrumentation used in wastewater testing as it applies to SARS-CoV-2 research, as well as implications for analysis of other pathogens and infectious diseases.

Disclaimer: Agilent products are NOT approved for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis, treatment, or mitigation. Agilent has not validated a product to detect the novel coronavirus.