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Metagenomics of Wastewater Influent from Southern California Wastewater Treatment Facilities in the Era of COVID-19


Sequencing wastewater may be useful for detecting pathogens and assaying microbial water quality. We concentrated, extracted, and sequenced nucleic acids from 17 composite influent wastewater samples spanning seven southern California wastewater treatment facilities in May 2020. Bacteria were the most proportionally abundant taxonomic group present, followed by viruses and archaea.

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