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“Allonnia, a waste management company utilizing biology, announced today that it has discovered a protein that can be used as a PFAS biosensor.

PFAS is a family of synthetic compounds used globally to make products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. The compounds break down very slowly over time and are recognized as an ‘emerging contaminant’ with widespread concerns about their characteristics of persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicity, mobility, and impacts on human health.

The need for a field deployable sensor that can detect PFAS in real time to parts per trillion levels – as low as a drop within an Olympic sized swimming pool – is pertinent for site investigations, water monitoring and future risk mitigation. Without an accurate, quantifiable field sensor there is a high likelihood that sites will need multiple testing rounds to check for PFAS that could take months at a time.” …