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Researchers Develop More Reliable Rapid Tests for COVID-19
Public Release Date: 15-Jun-2021 00:00:00 US Eastern Time (24hr)
Research News Release
Contact Person: Deborah Kotz
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Journal: Nature Protocols
Medicine/Health -> Diagnostics
Medicine/Health -> Infectious/Emerging Diseases
Tests Use Innovative Techniques That Improve Accuracy Rivaling Gold Standard PCR Test
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed two rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 that are nearly as accurate as the gold-standard test currently used in laboratories. Unlike the gold standard test, which extracts RNA and uses it to amplify the DNA of the virus, these new tests can detect the presence of the virus in as little as five minutes using different methods.
Rutgers researchers have designed a new rapid test that can detect all three of the rapidly spreading variants of the coronavirus in a little over one hour – much shorter than the three to five days required by current tests, which can also be more technically difficult and expensive to perform.