Semmelweis University participates in testing a newer, simpler single-step PCR test for SARS-CoV2

15/10/2020 | Corona Health Semmelweis

The new, single-step PCR test developed by a Hungarian-owned molecular diagnostic company can detect SARS-CoV2 more simply and rapidly.

“The classical PCR test is based on the detection of viral RNS from the sample. The detection of RNS is a time-consuming, expensive procedure that requires several hours, a reagent and also an expert researcher who is taking care of this particular step. In addition to this, the companies producing reagents are often not capable of delivering the required amount as well as in a timely manner. Therefore, there is a great need for a test where the viral RNS does not have to be detected but the detection can be accomplished directly from the extracted sample”, said Dr. Barna Vásárhelyi, Director of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Semmelweis University.

According to Prof. Dr. Béla Merkely, the Rector of Semmelweis University, this new testing procedure provides a more rapid result, it engages the capacity of fewer specialists and is probably more cost-efficient, hence Semmelweis University will use it increasingly in the future.

 

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