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whole-cell biosensor


Whole cell biosensors for metallic and metalloid species can be contructed using certain microorganisms, e.g. bacteria, yeast. fungi, lichens, mosses and water plants exploring their ability to accumulate metals. Whole-cell biosensors are using cells that have been genetically modified to signal the presence of extremely low levels of toxins by emitting measurable quantities of light (optical detection) or by changing an electrical potential (electric detection).


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