NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A researcher from the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Göttingen has engineered a solar-powered, portable, "laboratory-in-a-suitcase" designed to detect Ebola virus at the point of care in approximately 15 minutes.

The system uses off-the-shelf laboratory components and currently runs an Ebola assay developed by University Medical Center Göttingen researchers and is based on isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) chemistry from UK firm TwistDx, a subsidiary of Alere.

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