A Rapid CRISPR Test?

Researchers are working at “breakneck speed” to refine a new rapid COVID-19 test using CRISPR’s “search-and-detect” technology—and get it greenlit by regulators.
The method uses nose-and-throat swabs like current tests, but takes just 40 minutes compared to several hours, as documented in a new Nature Biotechnology paper. The CRISPR test also homes in on 2 coronavirus genes—current tests are designed to detect 1 of the 2.
But there are some kinks to work out. The CRISPR test needs higher concentrations of the virus to detect it, so mild or early-stage cases are more likely to be missed.


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