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It’s time to track city sewage for emerging diseases, not just COVID-19 – Massive Science

The current pandemic accelerated the wastewater epidemiology techniques, but researchers hope to continue the practice to prevent the next one

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Zeynep Çeteciolu
wants to create a cleaner, more sustainable society by finding better ways of dealing with the waste it creates.
Çeteciolu’s work focuses on the wastewater that flows through the city sewers. Wastewater and the semi-solidsludge
that forms when it is cleaned are rich in organic molecules that can be used asfuel
or feedstock for makingbioplastics
. Wastewater is also full of molecules and microbes that tell stories abouthow a society lives
, and about thehealth of a citys inhabitants

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