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Cepheid’s `Plus` Version of COVID-19 Test Adds Third Gene Target for Detection of Future SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Cepheid’s (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) Xpert Xpress CoV-2 plus, a rapid molecular diagnostic test for qualitative detection of the virus that causes COVID-19, incorporates a third conserved genetic target for SARS-CoV-2 detection in order to meet the challenge of future viral mutations and optimizes nucleocapsid gene probes to enable consistent virus detection. More...
20 May 2022
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First-of-Its-Kind Saliva-Based Rapid Test Uses DNA Aptamer to Detect COVID-19

A newly-launched affordable, saliva-based rapid test uses a DNA aptamer instead of an antibody to detect COVID-19 and is read by a UV Spectrophotometer. DNA aptamers are believed to offer a structural advantage over other enzyme-based approaches in sensitivity, specificity, quality of production, lower costs, test formats and other areas. More...
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Swab with Unique Head Design Enables Accurate, More Reliable COVID-19 Test Results

A newly-launched 100% medical-grade plastic swab is designed for high efficiency collection without the possibility of contamination from glue or fibers used in flock and cotton swabs that may inhibit PCR based assays. More...
11 May 2022
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Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests Not Keeping Pace with Variants of Concern

A new study suggests that while rapid antigen tests remain a useful tool for the detection of COVID-19 infections, continuous assessment and updating is likely needed in the context of variants of concern. More...
06 May 2022
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Next Generation COVID-19 Antigen Test to Offer Even Greater Sensitivity

Second generation COVID-19 tests with even greater sensitivity are now in development leveraging the latest generation of engineered antibodies with ultra-high affinity and novel electronic lateral flow immunoassay (eLFIA) technology for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. More...
05 May 2022
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Automated Nasal Swab Technology Creates Hands-Free Diagnostics Workflow

An innovative swab technology works with a variety of automated decappers to create hands-free diagnostics workflows from the point the sample enters the lab with rapid 2D barcode accessioning through decapping and aliquoting samples into microplates containing assay master mix, removing costly labor and errors. More...
04 May 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test Uses Three-in-One Media Pooling Strategy to Increase Testing Throughput

A SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test uses a three-in-one media pooling strategy in order to provide the additional capability to be used for pooling. More...
02 May 2022
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