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A COVID Diagnostic in Only 20 Minutes, Using Two CRISPR Enzymes

08/08/2021 03:50 PM | Click to read full article

A research team led by scientists Jennifer Doudna, David Savage, Patrick Hsu at the University of California, Berkeley, is aiming to develop a diagnostic test that is much faster and easier to deploy than qRT-PCR.

It has now combined two different types of CRISPR enzymes to create an assay that can detect small amounts of viral RNA in less than an hour. Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for invention of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.