A CRISPR-Based Test Can Detect Coronavirus in 40 Minutes

The test we currently rely on can take over six hours

A new, inexpensive test can diagnose Covid-19 in 40 minutes using minimal lab equipment. The test isn’t available to the masses yet, but it could be soon.

Developed by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Mammoth Biosciences, the test uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to detect the new coronavirus in cells taken from a nasal swab.

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Emily Mullin

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.

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