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Environmental protection has advanced in leaps and bounds over recent years and today we undoubtedly live in a much cleaner world than we did a generation ago. But look closely and all is not what it seems. Rather than reducing pollution, we are, in fact, still bathed in a sea of chemicals. What is more, most of them originate not from factories or… (More)
After many years of development, biosensors have begun to move out of the laboratory and into commercial applications. Combining advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information processing, these novel devices promise to open the door to many exciting new environmental monitoring solutions. As we strive to better understand and manage risks to… (More)
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