Published on 01 Apr 2021

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NTU Singapore scientists develop diagnostic test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 even when it mutates

NTU CCO, 29 Mar

Professor Lin Weisi from School of Computer Science and Engineering, Associate Professor Tan Meng How from School of Chemical and Biological Science and their team have developed a mobile app to analyse the test strips. Its simplicity and portability makes the test easily deployable in settings where quick detection of the virus in individuals is paramount.

NTU Singapore scientists develop diagnostic test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 even when it mutates.The Nanyang Technological University team that came up with the new rapid Covid-19 test - (first photo from left) Professor Lin Weisi, PhD student Hou Jingwen, Associate Professor Tan Meng How and project officer Ooi Kean Hean - with their test kit and mobile app that helps to analyse the results.

NTU Singapore scientists develop diagnostic test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 even when it mutates.

A team of scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has developed a diagnostic test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 even after it has gone through mutations.

Called the VaNGuard (Variant Nucleotide Guard) test, it makes use of a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, which is used widely in scientific research to alter DNA sequences and modify gene function in human cells under lab conditions, and more recently, in diagnostic applications.

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Read more:

The Straits Times, 30 Mar, pages A1 – A2 (photos by CCO)
CNA, 30 Mar, 10pm
TODAY, 29 Mar
The New Paper, 30 Mar, page 3
Malay Mail, 30 Mar (off TODAY)
Business Line, The Hindu (India), 30 Mar
Yonhap News Agency (Korea), 30 Mar 
Maeil Business Newspaper (Korea), 30 Mar
Korea Economic Daily (Korea), 30 Mar
MSN India, 30 Mar
Yahoo Singapore, 29 Mar
CNA 938, 29 Mar, 5.10pm (Live interview)
Lianhe Zaobao, 30 Mar, page 2
Lianhe Wanbao, 29 Mar, page 4
Channel 8, 29 Mar, 6.30pm
Shin Min Daily News, 29 Mar, page 4
Berita Harian, page 6
Tamil Murasu, 30 Mar, page 2
Berita Mediacorp, 29 Mar, 8pm, and online
Science Magazine (UK), 29 Mar
Tech Xplorist (India), 29 Mar
Biospectrum Asia, 30 Mar

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