The scientists of the laboratories of the University of Patras are preparing for antibody tests. So far, the institute’s researchers have conducted about 1,000 tests to detect the coronavirus
The laboratories of the University of Patras will be able to perform antibody tests against SARS-Cov-2, since the scientific officer is an immunobiologist, with 35 years of experience in the subject. However, in addition to antibody testing, the lab is planning further research into COVID-19 disease.
But in addition to antibody testing, scientists are planning further research on the new colon.
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As of Monday (06.04.2020) from the laboratory for the molecular diagnosis of infectious agents of the University of Patras, 993 diagnostic tests had been performed to detect the SARS-Cov-2 virus in samples of patients with suspected COVID-19.
At the same time, the members of the laboratory are working to create alternative molecular methods for detecting the SARS-Cov-2 virus, in case the reagents certified for in vitro diagnostic use are exhausted, due to the increased demand.
The SARS-CoV-2 is diagnosed with a real-time RT-PCR (Real-time PCR) method, using the VIASURE SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Kit that detects two virus genes for accurate detection.
More specifically, the method detects a conserved area of ORF1ab and N genes for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The method has a detection limit of 10 RNA copies for the ORF1ab and N genes.
The specific method and reagents used are certified for in vitro diagnostic use (CE-IVD), in accordance with international guidelines from WHO, CDC-US, Pasteur Institute-Paris, Charite-Berlin, CDC-China.
source – newsit.gr