Health and the River Cam - PuntSeq
It's summer, it's exam time, let's have a bath... and year by year, Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters obtain serious infections associated with pathogens from the Cam river’s water. What are these bugs, and where do they come from? A detailed information and research framework that targets the involved microbial culprits is still lacking.

Our grassroots science project PuntSeq (abb. "Punting & Sequencing") will use a small, portable real-time DNA analyser to study the Cam's water bacteria. We are currently measuring chemical and biological parameters of water samples at different places around Cambridge, and all of our data will be openly and publicly shared in the near future. If you like to learn more, simply follow us on twitter (@puntseq) or send an email to:

By filling in this 3-minute survey, YOU help us in getting a better quantitative understanding of Cambridge citizens' general contact with the river, about infection rates and types across time and space.

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