“This research offers a cheaper, faster alternative to the most reliable and sensitive test currently used worldwide without sacrificing sensitivity and reproducibility.” — Peter Unrau, SFU molecular biology and biochemistry professor
Simon Fraser University researchers announced Friday they have validated a faster, cheaper COVID-19 test that could help kickstart the expansion of wider rapid testing.
“This research offers a cheaper, faster alternative to the most reliable and sensitive test currently used worldwide without sacrificing sensitivity and reproducibility,” said Peter Unrau, a SFU molecular biology and biochemistry professor who led the team evaluating the COVID-19 testing kit.
The test kit was then sent to a clinical team at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver to be tested on 21 human samples, all that were available at the time in the first coronavirus wave in the spring of 2020. The new test kit replicated existing hospital testing results, demonstrating its effectiveness, said SFU researchers.
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