Scientists from Nizhny Novgorod are developing a biochip prototype capable of detecting community-acquired pneumonia pathogens, including coronavirus, according to the website of the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Academician Blokhina.
"Biochip is an express test that gives the opportunity to choose the only correct diagnostic option. It looks like a small plate, measuring 25 by 75 millimeters, on which short oligonucleotide probes are artificially synthesized, allowing to determine the "genetic portrait" of pathogens of community-acquired pneumonias," the report said.
As we stressed at the institute, DNA-biochip is not implanted into human body: samples of biomaterial are taken from the patient in hospital and sent to the laboratory where using biochip, infectious agent is revealed in the sample.
The biomaterial may be sputum, blood, bronchoalveolar lavage, or saliva.
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