NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Using fever to screen for Ebola casts a wide net, while standard RT-PCR requires many hours and expert technicians. Now, Madison, Wisc.-based Lucigen is accelerating development of a one-hour molecular assay to amplify and detect Ebola virus in decentralized settings like airports and emergency rooms.

The firm is currently pursuing US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for its point-of-care rapid Ebola diagnostic. The test relies on isothermal PCR and does not require extensive biosafety containment.

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