STATES CHRONICLE – Based on a recent study published in the journal of Genome Research, scientists explain how a new test can help detect all human and animal viruses. The ViroCap test could soon replace the old PCR method because the former is much more efficient.
We may still have to wait for a while until the new test that can help detect all human and animal viruses will be scientifically acknowledged. Scientists have to make sure first that the medical test is harmless to humans and then, use it to replace existing tests.
So far, two experiments have been made to determine the efficiency of the ViroCap test. The first one involved the participation of 14 respondents, whose blood samples were first analyzed with the help of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and afterwards, with the new ViroCap test.
The PCR method detected only 10 contaminated samples out of a total of 14, whereas the ViroCap standard discovered traces of some of the rarest viruses, including their genetic mutations. Thus, the ViroCap was able to identify gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses, influenza B viruses and some rare forms of varicella strings that remained unnoticed during the first trial.
ViroCap was subjected to a new experiment; this time, researchers collected samples from a group of children. The polymerase chain reaction test found only 11 viruses in 8 samples. The ViroCap sample has been much more efficient; it was able to detect seven more viruses in addition to the ones that had already been identified during the PCR method.
Researchers have concluded that the ViroCap test is much more efficient than anything that researchers have had so far. The test can be used to diagnose people of rare disease outbreaks, in their opinion.
According to Dr. Gregory Storch from the Washington University in St. Louis, medical experts don’t even have to look for a certain virus or disease. The test will provide a list of all detected viruses, something that no previous test could do.
Professionals will continue to test the efficiency of ViroCap on a larger group of people. They take great confidence in the positive effects that the new test could have on medical procedures.
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