Meet the test that detects Ebola in less than 12 minutes

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With the method can confirm the presence of virus visually. | Photo: Archive

Researchers at the University of Nagasaki and company Toshiba in Japan invented a test that detects Ebola in less than 12 minutes.

In late March was confirmed in Guinea reliability of the method after some tests that were conducted with 100 patients.

Yasuda Professor Jiro said mechanism consists of a process called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

The results of the method showed that of the 100 cases, 47 were detected positive and 53 negative.

“In positive cases, it took half an hour with the RT-PCR method and only 11 minutes and 12 seconds with Toshiba and Yasuda, Nagasaki University” cites Prensa Latina.According to the report by the researchers, the procedure “besides being effective in very short terms is cheaper than the system currently uses.”

“Based on what is known in biology sequence, which amplifies only the specific genes of Ebola virus when present,” says the study.

The presence of Ebola is detected when the specific virus DNA is amplified in a few minutes. If no liquid in the cylinder becomes cloudy, so that infection can be confirmed visually.

The government of Guinea has expressed interest in the technique used and considers that the use of this method would provide an important contribution to the fight against the virus.IN CONTEXT
The Ebola virus, which for more than a year applies in particular West Africa, has begun to recede in the three most affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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