There are obvious areas to look for mold in a house. But what most Americans don’t realize is that there may still be mold hidden within the home after a flood or natural disaster. .
Richard Shaughnessy, a researcher at University of Tulsa, has been studying fungus for many decades. His department was recently awarded a $1 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to investigate the connection between mold and an increase of childhood asthma cases.
Shuaghnessy and his colleagues will use the funds to perform DNA testing in private homes. They expect it to identify mold, moisture and mold that is not easily seen by the naked eye or traditional testing methods.
He stated, “Even 30-40 year ago, we didn’t even have the DNA technology that would allow us to see all the fungi present,”
All of this is done to benefit children all over the country.
Kevin Kennedy works at Mercy Children’s Hospital. He hopes that researchers will be able to dramatically lower the incidence of childhood asthma by using a more precise science to detect mold.
Kennedy stated, “It’s being in a position to help more children by developing technology that can work in more homes.”
Nearly half of all US homes have mold according to some estimates. You can see why this study is urgent.
The investigation will take around three years. It is hoped that this will give home inspectors more tools to detect hidden mold. This could help prevent many children from becoming sick in the future.