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Tissue-based water quality biosensors for detecting chemical warfare agents

United States Patent

6,569,384
May 27, 2003
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A water quality sensor for detecting the presence of at least one chemical or biological warfare agent includes: a cell; apparatus for introducing water into the cell and discharging water from the cell adapted for analyzing photosynthetic activity of naturally occurring, free-living, indigenous photosynthetic organisms in water; a fluorometer for measuring photosynthetic activity of naturally occurring, free-living, indigenous photosynthetic organisms drawn into the cell; and an electronics package that analyzes raw data from the fluorometer and emits a signal indicating the presence of at least one chemical or biological warfare agent in the water.
Greenbaum; Elias (Oak Ridge, TN), Sanders; Charlene A. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 773,641
20020102629
January 31, 2001
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DEAC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.