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Environmental Forensics: Impacts on Human Population

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Prof. Frank Dorman of Penn State University, Dept. of Biochemistry, describes environmental forensics and how environmental exposure can be linked to an increase in human disease state. Chemotherapeutic drugs enter waste water either via improper disposal by patients or hospitals. If untreated these drugs can end up in drinking water and expose the human population to harmful low dose chemotherapeutic drugs. Detection of such drugs can be monitored using highly sensitive mass spectrometry and methodology for this is currently being developed. Interview filmed by SelectScience at ASMS 2014.

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