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GERMinators uncover gloved bacteriaStephany Cochran (right) works with three sixth-grade students – known as GERMinators – to identify bacterial colonies that have grown in a petri dish. Evan Raefield (left), Ari Collins and Anna Mattson are Student Mentorship recipients who are studying how to limit the spread of germs on gloves.
Bundling up for cold weather may help keep the chill away, but viruses and bacteria that can cause illnesses may be hiding in winter gear.

Researchers study polonium in coal waste waterDustin May works in the State Hygienic Laboratory Radiochemistry lab.
The State Hygienic Laboratory played an instrumental role in a collaboration of Iowa researchers studying radioactive waste from coal mining, with surprising conclusions.

All-natural honey may have traces of glyphosateA honeypot
The "all-natural" honey marketed and sold in some Midwestern stores may not be all natural, after all, according to a testing method validated by the State Hygienic Laboratory.

Study measures chemicals, hormones in drinking waterBisphenol A is a common endocrine disruptor chemical that is used in plastics, flame retardant clothes, cans that store food and other manufactured products. These chemicals have been linked to several forms of cancer and other conditions that effect the reproductive system.
Drinking water from 10 Iowa cities is being studied using a novel bioassay to measure levels of chemical activity that can mimic or alter normal hormonal activities. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) have been linked to adverse effects on human reproductive systems and the thyroid. This exposure may cause hormonal-related malignancies, including breast, ovarian, prostate and thyroid cancers.