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Test developed in Hungary could help detect mutations in the coronavirus: Proved to be very effective – Health

A Hungarian company has developed a special analogue PCR test that detects about 99 percent of the more than 2.5 million coronavirus mutations currently known, including the latest viral variant called an omicron.

Femtonics Kft has developed an easy-to-use polymerase chain reaction (iPCR) assay for the detection of Sars-Cov-2 pathogens.

Shows results quickly and accurately

According to their information, the test, prepared with the approval of the Health Support Program of the Ministry of Finance, shows results within 4-10 minutes and detects the presence of the virus in infected individuals with almost 100 percent confidence according to clinical examinations. According to physicist, physician and brain researcher Balázs Rózsa, the advantage of a digital genetic test is that it is expected to be applicable to all new and future strains of viruses, bacterial or viral infections. The company’s founder owner believes the new, low-cost process could revolutionize laboratory diagnostics.

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Balázs Rózsa told MTI that an existing procedure had been accelerated and refined during development. As a result, the enzymatic reaction, which took more than an hour and a half to detect the presence of the virus’ genetic material, can take as little as 10 minutes using the new test. Thus, the test shows results in one tenth of that of conventional PCR tests and is more reliable than commercially available rapid antigen tests.

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– The new test – similar to regular PCR tests – requires a sample taken from the nasal cavity or pharynx – Balázs Rózsa added. As noted, the digital genetic testing of the FEMTO-ID LAMP Toolkit focuses on detecting infected individuals, thus preventing unnecessary restrictions on non-infected individuals.

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The omicron variant of the coronavirus is constantly being studied so that more and more can be learned about it.

(Image source: Getty Images Hungary.)