Australian researchers invent 20-minute coronavirus blood test – Reuters

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Researchers in Australia have created a test that can determine novel coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes utilizing blood samples in what they state is a world-first advancement.
The scientists at Monash University said their test can identify if someone is currently infected and if they have actually been contaminated in the past.
” Short-term applications consist of rapid case recognition and contact tracing to restrict viral spread, while population screening to figure out the degree of viral infection across communities is a longer-term need,” the researchers said in a paper published in the journal ACS Sensors on Friday.
The research study team was led by BioPRIA and Monash Universitys Chemical Engineering Department, including researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology (CBNS).
Their test, using 25 microlitres of plasma from blood samples, searches for agglutination, or a clustering of red blood cells, that the coronavirus causes.
While the existing swab test is utilized to identify people who are infected with the coronavirus, the agglutination assay – or analysis to detect the presence and quantity of a substance in blood – can likewise identify if somebody had been just recently infected, after the infection is dealt with, they said.
Numerous samples can be evaluated every hour, the scientists said, and they hope it can also be used to find antibodies raised in action to vaccination to assist clinical trials.
A patent for the development has actually been filed and the researchers are seeking commercial and government support to scale up production.
The novel coronavirus has contaminated more than 13.8 million people around the world and eliminated nearly 600,000 considering that it emerged in China late last year. Australia has actually reported more than 11,000 cases and 116 deaths.
Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Robert Birsel

Members of a research group, led by Monash University, pose for a picture in Melbourne, Australia, in this screen grab taken from an undated handout video. MONASH UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING/Handout through REUTERS