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Scientists in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and US Have Developed a $1 Test for Ebola and Lassa Virus

Informed 2 weeks ago

A group of scientists from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the US have developed a point-of-care test (done at the time and place of care) for both the Lassa virus and Ebola virus that is accurate, fast, and cheap. The new test was reported to have reduced the cost of testing to less than $1 per sample. The test can be done quickly in any environment, as it requires minimal equipment that can be powered with solar or a small generator. The test is based on SHERLOCK a new diagnostic that uses CRISPR technology to detect genetic fingerprints that indicate the presence of pathogens in a sample.

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Quartz



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