14 Apr '12, 2pm

Fact sheet: The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index: #mold

Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI), has been developed and is being evaluated in research studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the research studies, dust samples are collected in a home and the DNA from some of the many molds contained in the house dust is extracted and analyzed. The DNA results are then used to characterize the concentrations of the molds in the dust sample. The sample results are then compared to the ERMI, an index or scale of moldiness. The analysis can be used by researchers in the U.S. to estimate the amount of mold in a home as well as indicate some of the types of mold that are present. As research continues, the index will be refined.

Full article: http://www.epa.gov/microbes/ermifactsht.html


Technology Assessment at the Congressional Rese...

fas.org 11 Apr '12, 3pm

The elimination of the congressional Office of Technology Assessment in 1995 was a self-inflicted wound that left Congress...