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The Standard Coronavirus Test, If Available, Works Well-But Can New Diagnostics Help in This Pandemic? – Science, 3/22

As the United States races to ramp up testing for the pandemic coronavirus using technology based on the tried-and-true polymerase chain reaction (PCR), alternative approaches are beginning to roll out that could make it easier and quicker for people to learn whether they have been infected. Some methods modify the standard PCR test, which amplifies tiny bits of genetic material to enable detection, whereas others sequence the virus directly or use the genome editor CRISPR. – Science, 3/22/2020

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