Issue Date: March 20, 2017
Detecting flu at the doctor’s office
In doctor’s offices and emergency rooms, rapid flu tests can yield results in 15 minutes. These immunoassays, which use antibodies to detect influenza proteins, unfortunately produce false negatives in nearly half of flu cases. Polymerase chain reaction tests are more sensitive but often require experienced personnel, typically take hours or days to complete, and are expensive.
Researchers have now developed what could be a fast, accurate, and inexpensive alternative: an assay that uses a handheld . . .
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