UMaine Device Detects Pathogens Instantaneously

ORONO - Researchers at the University of Maine Orono have invented quite a device that they say will help a number of state organizations beginning this summer.


It's called a Colorimeter,  and it can detect disease causing pathogens.


To use it, a water sample is mixed with a chemical solution, and the result is instantaneous.


Federal funds helped to create this instrument, and the final product costs around 200 dollars.


"This would be used by the border patrol, or the USDA," says Dr. Laurie Connell.  "It can be used for e-coli water sampling, beaches, we've developed it for red tide algae."


The device will be blue-tooth compatible, so the user will be able to hook it up to his or her cell phone to receive results.

Andrew Scheinthal

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Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.

Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!

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