Israeli Researchers at Hebrew U Develop Faster, Cheaper COVID-19 Test

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Sunday that they have developed a new method of testing for COVID-19 which is not only 4-10 times faster than the tests most commonly used today, but also significantly cheaper, while supplying the same level of accuracy.

Moreover, most of the materials required to perform the new test are already available in Israel, easing significantly both the country’s dire shortage of testing materials and its heavy economic dependence on foreign commercial markets.

The method was developed in the labs of Prof. Nir Friedman of the Institute of Life Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences and Dr. Naomi Haviv of Hebrew University’s Neuroscience Research Center, and is based on materials which are not affected by global shortages and can even be recycled for repeated used on future tests.

The method commonly used today for COVID-19 testing involves extracting RNA molecules from a patient’s sample to determine if they have viral RNA within them, which confirms the presence of the coronavirus.

 The new test developed by the researchers performs the same action, but is made from more commonly attainable materials, that produce results at a much higher speed.

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