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Evaluation of mutagenic activity of organic micropollutants present in surface waters

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Surface water to be employed in drinking water supplies can be characterised both by chemical analysis and mutagenic activity in order to detect genotoxic compounds present as environmental pollutants or produced by drinking water treatments. In our experimental conditions, only two samples out of seven raw and four processed water extracts (Amberlite XAD-2 concentration) gave mutagenic effects using the Salmonella typhimurium/microsome assay (Ames test).

Keywords: mutagenicity, surface water, organic micropollutants, drinking water, mutagenic activity, genotoxic compounds, environmental pollution, water pollution, water quality

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