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Rapid COVID-19 test kit receives scientific seal of approval

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Researchers from Simon Fraser University have approved a faster, cheaper COVID-19 test kit that could expand more widespread rapid testing

The microchip real-time PCR test can provide accurate results in 30 minutes and requires 10 times less reagents than the tube-based RT-PCR tests approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This research offers a cheaper, faster alternative to the most reliable and sensitive test currently used worldwide, without sacrificing sensitivity and reproducibility,” says molecular biology and biochemistry professor Peter Unrau, who led the team evaluating the COVID-19 test kit.

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