NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Amid the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a pair of University of Arizona researchers are working to adapt a novel PCR technology for a hand-held test that can detect the virus more rapidly and efficiently than existing molecular diagnostics.

According to U of A investigators David Galbraith and Jeong-Yeol Yoon, the PCR approach has already shown promise in early-stage testing for bacterial pathogen detection. With the help of a one-year National Science Foundation grant, they now aim to optimize the technology for screening viral infections.

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