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Reservoir
Reservoir
Zeiss LSM 880; Imaris 3D visualization package
Kelley Goncalves
Joanna Shisler Laboratory
Funded by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Waterborne viruses cause major health problems in developing countries. Microscopic images of viruses invading and escaping cells, like the one that formed the basis for this piece, allow us to examine different portions of the virus replication cycle and identify parts of the cycle that disinfectants may be able to disrupt. This research could lead to the innovation of novel effective disinfectants and rapid methods for detection of infectious viruses in drinking water.