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New virus test gives results in 90 minutes

A NUCLEIC acid testing reagent for the novel coronavirus which can reveal the result within 90 minutes, developed by a Shanghai company, has been approved, the city market watchdog announced yesterday.

The 2019-nCoV nucleic acid testing reagent developed by the Shanghai Rendu Biotechnology Co uses RNA-specific target-capturing and isothermal amplification real-time testing technologies and has achieved nucleic acid extraction and amplification in vitro, the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation said.

It can achieve multiple-level parallel testing and its sensitivity and specificity are equal to the conventional polymerase chain reaction method.

The reagent has been approved by the National Medical Products Administration under an emergency mechanism.

A nucleic acid testing kit developed by Shanghai Fosun Long March Medical Science Co has also been approved by the NMPA. Another 23 coronavirus tests have previously been approved.


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