However, he said, if the accuracy rate doesn’t hold up at a larger scale and becomes similar to that of the antigen test, it won’t make a difference.
May allow on-site testing at airports, clinics, at home
Ching said that because the structure of China’s government places more authority toward the top if the test is able to be produced at a large scale, he wouldn’t be surprised to see manufacturers coming out with versions by the summer.
“China tends to be more open to experimental methods,” he said, allowing approval processes to move more quickly than they would in Europe or the US.
The test developed at Fudan University uses a hypersensitive electromechanical biosensor to detect nucleic acids previously difficult to identify due to their low concentration in test samples.
Researchers said the development of portable tests featuring such technology could enable on-site testing at airports, clinics, emergency departments, and at home. They added it could also be used for the quick diagnosis of other types of diseases.
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