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Scientists develop test that can visually detect Covid-19 in 10 mins

May 31, 2020 12:02 IST

An experimental diagnostic test that can visually detect the presence of the novel coronavirus in 10 minutes has been developed by scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A study published in the journal ACS Nano states that the test uses a simple assay containing gold nanoparticles to detect a colour change in the presence of the Covid-19 virus. Indian-origin lead author of the study Dipanjan Pan told PTI that based on preliminary results, the new test that only needs a nasal swab or saliva sample may detect RNA material from the virus as early as the first day of infection. However, scientists added that more clinical studies are needed to ascertain the effectiveness of the test. 

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