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The researchers created a test-on-a-chip technology that takes about 35 minutes to produce a result, and may partner with Ford to produce the chips.
The CRISPR-based test uses Mammoth's DETECTR BOOST platform and will be compatible with both nasal swab and saliva samples.
The diagnostics are capable of detecting fewer than two parasites per microliter of blood and would cost an estimated $.61 per test.
The tests are designed to detect viral RNA in individual respiratory specimens, while BayCare's tests can be used with pooled samples.
The CRISPR-COVID assay, which is the first CRISPR-based test for SARS-CoV-2 in China, is faster than PCR-based testing, the researchers said.