Wed, 14 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Israeli scientists have developed a rapid cost-effective test that identifies two of the mutated COVID-19 strains, Ben Gurion University (BGU) in southern Israel said on Tuesday.

The current standard for coronavirus variants testing is sequencing the entire virus genome, which is expensive and time-consuming.

The new test, however, reduces the time needed to determine whether an infection is caused by a variant from days to hours, BGU said.

In their study, published on the preprint server MedRxiv, a team of BGU researchers has developed the rapid test based on the gene deletion that differentiates the variants from the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.

The team successfully tried their test on samples taken from the sewage system in the southern city of Beer Sheva.

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