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Marijuana Contaminants Come Under Microscope

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12/2/2013 12:00 AM
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Associated Press/Denver Post (Dec. 2): “Marijuana Contaminants Come Under Microscope"

Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at UNH says all sorts of nasty things not visible to the naked eye have been found in marijuana — mold, mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E. coli, to name a few. That's why she and her students began developing a process to detect contaminants in marijuana through DNA profiling and analysis. The aim is to identify potentially harmful substances through a testing method that could make the analysis easier and quicker for labs across the country in the developing industry of marijuana quality control testing.

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