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New Covid-19 Rapid Test Kit Receives Scientific Seal of Approval | India News


BURNABY: A team of researchers has validated a faster and cheaper Covid-19 test that could drive the expansion of more widespread rapid tests.
The results of the study led by researchers at Simon Fraser University have been published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.
“This research offers a cheaper and faster alternative to the more reliable and sensitive test currently in use around the world, without sacrificing sensitivity and reproducibility,” says Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Peter Unrau, who led the team. who evaluated the Covid-19 test kit.
The researchers suggest that the test could be deployed in remote locations, clinics, and airports due to its ease of use and portability.
The microchip real-time PCR test can provide accurate results in 30 minutes and requires 10 times fewer reagents than tube RT-PCR tests approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The shortage of reagents and test kits in the supply chain during the pandemic has slowed the rapid expansion of clinical testing. This new Covid-19 test kit is a fast and accurate tool in the toolbox that uses fewer limited supply reagents to achieve fast and accurate results.
Unrau, together with doctoral candidate Razvan Cojocaru and master’s student Iqra Yaseen, evaluated the sensitivity of the tests in the laboratory for the first time.
The test kit was then sent to a clinical team at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to determine its ability to detect Covid-19 in patient samples. The results of the Covid-19 PCR microchip test kit were aligned with the results of hospital tests, proving its effectiveness.
The kit comes preloaded with Covid-19 primers and probes, making it easier to use, reducing the potential for user error, and improving the reliability of test results.
The Covid-19 detection kits developed by Lumex Instruments Canada and validated by the Unrau team are low power (100 watts), compact, lightweight, and available internationally.

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