Biologists have created a new test for COVID-19. Of reagents that are not yet in short supply

Biologists from the University of Innsbruck are developing a new text on coronavirus – it can be carried out using reagents that are not yet widely used in similar tests. A study by Austrian scientists is published in the journal Phys.org.

The new genetic approach of scientists uses a combination of highly sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) systems with capillary electrophoresis. Unlike conventional coronavirus analysis, this allows scientists to see traces of the virus in samples in real-time. Such results are achieved using specific short DNA sequences – the so-called primers that attach to the virus RNA.

During testing the system, the laboratory is ready to conduct up to 1 thousand such analyses per day. In the future, with successful results, scientists are ready to scale the experimental system throughout Austria.

Scientists note that it is now important to create alternative testing methods for the SARS-CoV-2 virus since the creation and conduct of existing tests require special reagents. At the same time, test creators are now beginning to face a shortage of materials for this production process.

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