New PCR Test Can Identify All SARS-Cov-2 Variants in a Positive Patient Sample

After the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, investigators from ResearchPath LLC and their collaborators at Rutgers University quickly dedicated resources to develop accurate and reliable COVID-19 testing. As variants emerged, the scientists developed a PCR test that uses molecular beacons, not only to diagnose COVID-19 infection, but also to identify the specific variant causing that infection. Their research was published online on February 1, 2022 in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier. Their methodology is openly available so that it can be replicated by any facility that can run a PCR test. The open-access article is titled “Multiplex PCR Assays for Identifying All Major Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Variants.”
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