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2015 News in Brief



Learning from urban wastewater

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PHOTO: The new Underworlds research project depends on learning and analyzing what is in our “collective gut.”

An MIT team, along with researchers from Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and Kuwait University, was awarded a $4 million grant for a project titled “The Underworlds Project: a Smart Sewage Infrastructure for Kuwait.” The study of real-time epidemiology – conducted by several co-PIs including Profs. Eric Alm, Elfatih Eltahir, and Martin Polz – will combine novel concepts in smart city design and urban informatics with advances in biological engineering and bioinformatics to analyze biomarkers in urban sewage. Read the article.