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Source: Covid-19 Diagnostics  Mar 24, 2020  4 years, 3 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes ago

BREAKING! Covid-19 Diagnostics: New Carbohydrate Approach To COVID-19 Testing That Is Able To Detect All New Strains

BREAKING! Covid-19 Diagnostics: New Carbohydrate Approach To COVID-19 Testing That Is Able To Detect All New Strains
Source: Covid-19 Diagnostics  Mar 24, 2020  4 years, 3 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes ago
Covid-19-Diagnostics: The debut and rapid spread of COVID-19 has exposed a frailty in our ability to rapidly detect and screen new infectious diseases accurately.



British-based Iceni Diagnostics is developing a new approach that identifies the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, not by its genetic code, which can mutate, but by using its reliance on chains of sugars which are constant and unchangeable. The existing prototype product for influenza can detect the virus in less than 20 minutes and could be adapted to identify other pathogens such as the novel coronavirus.

Coronaviruses typically invade the body through cells in the respiratory tract. These cells are covered in a coat of sugar chains, known as glycans, which are used to recognize beneficial substances. Viruses can utilize these glycans as part of the infection process. This process can also be used in reverse to identify the virus in saliva or nasal fluids.

Dr Rob Field, a leading biotech professor and an expert in glycan science and Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, is the co-founder of Iceni Diagnostics, a biotechnology company based on the Norwich Research Park. The company has developed this diagnostic technique that uses an artificial glycan receptor to capture the virus.

Dr Field told Thailand Medical News,