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Russian scientists developed chips for fast coronavirus detection

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Russian scientists developed chips for fast coronavirus detection


08.04.2020

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Chips for the detection of coronavirus in 15-20 minutes have been created by specialists of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA). According to the head of the organization Veronika Skvortsova, the devices will be presented on April 10, according to RIA Novosti.

The head of the agency said that the chips are based on isothermal amplification. It was possible to accelerate the testing period since “the device does not require different temperatures at different phases to operate”. According to Veronika Skvortsova, the size of a chip is rather small.

Earlier, the vaccine created by specialists from the St. Petersburg Institute for Vaccines and Serums of FMBA, was included in the list of promising ones by the World Health Organization (WHO). The decision was made following a study of vaccine testing results by WHO representatives.

If the development proves its effectiveness and safety, its industrial production at FMBA enterprises is going to take place.

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