PCR testing for SARS-CoV2 and rapid lab results are coming to Africa. A team of scientists from Leipzig University, in collaboration with several African universities, have developed a portable mini-laboratory in a suitcase, offering test results almost as good as a PCR test – and almost in real time. It’s ideal in parts of Africa where testing facilities and medical infrastructure are lacking. The small, mobile laboratory comes with a diagnostic device, solar power supply, various reagents, some reference RNA extracts and rubber gloves. It allows testing even in the most remote areas and takes only 15 minutes to deliver a result. The suitcase lab may prove crucial in stemming other infectious diseases, like Ebola.
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