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Investigators with Sidra Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar describe a strategy for detecting SARS-CoV-2 directly from nasopharyngeal samples for a paper in PLOS One. Using an RT-qPCR-based approach and samples tested in Doha, the team came up with a viral RNA extraction-free protocol to directly test nasopharyngeal flocked swab samples for RNA originating from SARS-CoV-2 or other coronaviruses.

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