New test could rapidly identify viral respiratory infections

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Researchers from Yale University (CT, USA) have developed a novel test that can measure the levels of RNA or proteins in human cells to accurately identify viral respiratory infections. The test could provide a cheaper, quicker method for diagnosing respiratory illness than current standards.

Upper respiratory illnesses are common, yet there is no rapid diagnostic test able to confirm more than a few viruses as the cause. This study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, hoped to identify biomarker applicable to many viruses in order to allow quicker and easier identification of infection.

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