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NEW YORK – Researchers in China have developed a new, CRISPR-based coronavirus test that could further fill the need for fast, inexpensive, and convenient viral detection testing.

In a study published on Thursday in PLOS Pathogens, the scientists described the assay, which combines isothermal amplification and CRISPR-Cas13a to detect SARS-CoV-2 with near single-copy sensitivity.

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