Dr Xiushan Yin | Developing Accurate and Rapid COVID Tests for People with Colour Blindness

May 15, 2023 | biology, health and medicine, physical sciences

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Diagnosing viral infections, such as COVID-19, can be challenging. The most accurate way to identify a virus is by detecting its genetic information, but viruses are merely a tiny packet of genes encased in a protein shell. When a virus has infected a host, such as a human body, identifying viral genes amongst the host’s genes is like finding a needle in a haystack. However, scientists have a trick – to make copies of the needle, until needles outnumber the hay straws. This is called nuclear acid amplification, which forms the basis for the gold-standard PCR test for COVID-19. Dr Xiushan Yin and his colleagues at the Shenyang University of Chemical Technology have been further refining this amazing technology to help tackle COVID-19. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper ‘Colorimetric isothermal nucleic acid detection of SARS-CoV-2 with dye combination’, in Heliyon, doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e06886

This research was supported by 2020 LiaoNing Province Key Research Project, Ganzhou COVID-19 Emergency Research Project, 2020 Shenyang Scientific Research Emergency Project for COVID-19 prevention and control, Key Special Project of Technology Boosts Economy 202000 of Ministry of Science and Technology, and National Cancer Center cancer research project, interdisciplinary research project of medicine and Engineering


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