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Singapore Scientists Develop Faster Bird-Flu Test (Singapore)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Scientists at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Technology have successfully developed a faster way to test for the deadly H5N1 bird-flu strain. The new testing tool can identify the virus in under 30 minutes. Current testing methods tend to take a few days. The device is also small, making it easily transported to the site of the outbreak. By extracting the RAN genetic code of a virus and enlarging it, the test is able to identify not just bird flu but a number of other dangerous pathogens. Officials are confident the faster testing method will help stop pandemics before they can start. (Click here for more



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