University of Illinois researchers have developed a super-efficient test that can detect Covid-19 within minutes, according to Graphene Info.
When asked, co-leader of the study Maha Alafeef said “Currently, we are experiencing a once-in-a-century life-changing event… We are responding to this global need from a holistic approach by developing multidisciplinary tools for early detection and diagnosis and treatment for SARS-CoV-2.”
There are currently two types of Covid-19 tests on the market, one testing for viral RNA, which is FDA-approved but lengthy in time. The second category focuses on anti-bodies but is less accurate due to a delay upon exposure to begin producing antibodies.
The researchers created a graphene-focused electrochemical biosensor to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material. Consisting of a electrical readout measurer and probes to detect any viral RNA, this is a fast and easy way of detecting covid-19 within RNA.