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Detecting Thousands of Viruses With One Blood Test

Researchers from the Elledge Lab at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital, according to NPR,  have worked to solve the problem of how to test multiple viruses at the same time in order to detect which one has infected a patient. Currently, a doctor must order a separate test for each virus they suspect has infected their patient. However, new research published in Science details the data behind the $25 test that utilizes a database of over 93,000 protein fragments from more than a thousand strains of viruses that represent over 200 different virus families. This new test will be able to be utilized for public health to measure what viruses individuals are exposed to in different regions, as well as help with quick and inexpensive diagnosis.

 

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