Could Rapid Home-Based Coronavirus Tests Become Reality? (The National Interest)

Could Rapid Home-Based Coronavirus Tests Become Reality?

Piyush Jain, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of UF Health Cancer Center, developed an inexpensive home-based rapid testing kit that can detect the coronavirus without needing to go to the hospital.

“My research group recently engineered a sensitive CRISPR-based technology, that we named CRISPR-ENHANCE, and used it to create a rapid test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA,” he shares with The National Interest. “Our assay works like a pregnancy test and shows two purple colored lines if the sample is positive for the virus. Using our technology, I envision developing a test kit that would allow rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in saliva within 45-60 minutes at home without needing any expensive equipment.”

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