Developing a low-cost lab-on-a-chip for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2

LAMP project

Aim: Demand for diagnostic tools for SARS-CoV-2 is extremely high. Current RT-PCR-based assays are ultra-sensitive, but also expensive and therefore inaccessible to the poorest countries. Scientists working on the LAMP project have therefore decided to develop a low-cost lab-on-a-chip that is easy to use in the field for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2. Amplification of RNA, which is necessary for detecting the virus, is achieved through an assay based on LAMP technology, which is capable of overcoming some limitations of RT-PCR assays and can be performed in a water bath. Moreover, the reactions generate colors that are visible in tested vials. These simple, low-cost assays are therefore easy to use for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in samples taken in the field. 

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