Technion said Wednesday that researchers at the university have developed a new coronavirus detection method that could significantly increase the number of people tested daily. The researchers call edgtosis, which allows dozens of people to be tested simultaneously.
(Original title: Israel’s development of a new coronavirus detection method can significantly increase the number of people examined)
Currently, Israel uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect new coronaviruses, which can detect only virus-specific nucleic acid sequences in a sample of a subject at a time. Subject to limited detection capabilities, the current detection of new coronaviruses in Israel is mainly aimed at those who have developed symptoms.
The researchers say the new method could significantly increase the number of tests by combining “joint samples” of 32 or 64 subjects at a time. The system can identify individual positive samples in “joint samples” and only in rare cases, such as “joint samples” are positive as a whole, requires a separate test for each sample, which will greatly improve the efficiency of the test.
The researchers say the new method could help increase the number of people tested daily to identify people who have not yet shown symptoms of new coronary pneumonia and reduce the incidence of subsequent infections. The methodology was developed by Technion and Haifarambam Hospital and supported by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
At present, Israel’s new coronavirus day detection capacity is capped at 2,000 times, Netanyahu said on the 18th, has asked to increase the new coronavirus day detection capacity to 10,000 times.