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RAIN IN THE SEATTLE TIMES

“The Tacoma researchers are exploring a novel approach they hope could inform public health decisions.

About an hour after the sewer sample was plucked from beneath the Tacoma overpass, research technician Darrell Lockhart sat before a biosafety hood and gingerly used a pipette to mix samples with a solvent solution and begin analytical testing that targets genetic sequences.

Workers and volunteers at the RAIN Incubator laboratory in Tacoma, a nonprofit hub Hirschberg founded in hopes of sparking a biotech renaissance in Tacoma, each week gather and process about eight samples — five from nearby sewer sites and three from Tacoma’s wastewater plants.

— Evan Bush

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