New PCR test “catches” the Homicron mutation


Scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) have rapidly developed a molecular detection method (PCR) specifically for the coronavirus’s Micron mutation

In particular, the JRC called on laboratories around the world to confirm in clinical samples (in vivo) the reliability of the new test called OmMet. The detection method is based on the widely used RT-qPCR technique.

The initial evaluation of the test using computers and bioinformatics (in silico) showed that it can successfully “catch” the Omicron mutation. The test can be utilized by any laboratory capable of performing RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) molecular tests.

The JRC said it had made the new test available to the EU and the scientific community to help with epidemiological surveillance as a “road race” against time to limit Omicron.

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