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Australian researchers develop 20-minute coronavirus blood test

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Australian researchers at the Monash University have developed a test that can detect novel coronavirus infection in nearly 20 minutes using blood samples; the researchers call it a world-first breakthrough.

Researchers stated that the test could ascertain if an individual is infected at present and if they have had the infection in the past. The test uses 25 microlitres of plasma from blood samples and assesses agglutination caused by the coronavirus. The agglutination assay can identify if someone had been recently infected, after the infection has resolved. Researchers stated that hundreds of samples can be tested every hour, and they hope that it can also be used to detect antibodies raised in response to vaccination to assist in clinical trials… (Reuters, July 17, 2020)

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