Australian researchers invent 20-minute coronavirus blood test – Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Researchers in Australia have actually designed a test that can identify unique coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes utilizing blood samples in what they state is a world-first development.
The scientists at Monash University stated their test can determine if someone is currently infected and if they have been infected in the past.
” Short-term applications consist of quick case identification and contact tracing to limit viral spread, while population screening to determine the level of viral infection across communities is a longer-term requirement,” 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, utilizing 25 microlitres of plasma from blood samples, searches for agglutination, or a clustering of red blood cells, that the coronavirus triggers.
While the existing swab test is used to determine individuals who are infected with the coronavirus, the agglutination assay – or analysis to detect the existence and amount of a compound in blood – can also determine if someone had actually been just recently infected, after the infection is solved, they stated.
Hundreds of samples can be evaluated every hour, the scientists said, and they hope it can likewise be used to detect antibodies raised in response to vaccination to aid medical trials.
A patent for the development has been filed and the researchers are looking for commercial and government support to scale up production.
The novel coronavirus has actually infected more than 13.8 million people worldwide and eliminated almost 600,000 considering that it emerged in China late in 2015. Australia has reported more than 11,000 cases and 116 deaths.
Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Robert Birsel

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