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NEW YORK – For the past month, engineering biology firm Sherlock Biosciences has been developing and testing a series of assays for SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Now, the company believes it is almost ready to release what will likely be the first CRISPR-based diagnostic test for the virus, and is in talks with a variety of possible partners in the US and China to deploy it at a large scale.

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