New Genetic Test Speeds Up Ebola Diagnosis, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Study

Researchers have developed a new DNA test that can be used to rapidly diagnose Ebola and other pathogens such as Chikungunya and hepatitis C virus.

The researchers said that the test can be used even where lab space and medical infrastructure are scarce.

"This point-of-care genomic technology will be particularly attractive in the developing world, where critical resources, including reliable electric power, laboratory space, and computational server capacity, are often severely limited," said lead researcher Charles Chiu, associate professor of laboratory medicine at University of California, San Francisco, US.

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