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A technology developed at Bar-Ilan University, based on a combination of optics and magnetic particles, can rapidly test samples of patients potentially infected with the coronavirus. Current methods for diagnosing coronavirus take approximately one hour. Using the new technology, saliva tests can be analyzed within 15 minutes.
The lab of researcher Amos Danielli of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering attached the virus’ RNA to a fluorescent molecule that emits light when illuminated by a laser beam to develop a technology for the sensitive detection of virus-specific RNA sequences. At very low concentrations of RNA, the signal emitted is so low that existing devices cannot detect it. “If we think of the saliva of…READ MORE