MIT Invents $6 COVID-19 Test Using CRISPR

By Dan Robitzski – Re-Blogged From Futurism

[The test is only to see if you now have COVID. It does not test for antibodies. –Bob]

They hope it can help solve the testing crisis in the US.

A new coronavirus test uses gene-hacking tech to determine whether someone is sick with COVID-19 — and it only costs $6 to make.

Because there are still too few tests to go around, a pair of MIT researchers set out to build something to be as low-cost and self-contained as possible, The New York Times reports. The result is a two-step test that uses CRISPR to scan a patient’s saliva or nasal swab for signs of the coronavirus’ genetic code.

“We’re excited that this could be a solution that people won’t have to rely on a sophisticated and expensive laboratory to run,” said Feng Zhang, a researcher at MIT and the Broad Institute who developed the test, told the NYT.

The test’s website makes it very clear that it’s not approved for clinical use yet. As the NYT reports, the test performed well in early experiments, but their scope was limited — the researchers only administered it to 12 sick patients and a control group of five healthy people.

Here’s how it works: The patient’s nasal swab or saliva is deposited into a tube with chemicals that rip open viruses. The concoction is then dropped into a second tube full of CRISPR molecules that search for the coronavirus. In order to work, that second tube needs to stay at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a full hour.

The test gives results similar to those of an at-home pregnancy test, the NYT reports. A strip of paper is dipped in, and if two lines appear, the test was positive.

The researchers behind the test told the NYT that they’re talking to manufacturers to mass-produce a one-vial version, which they hope can help solve the testing crisis in the U.S.

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Nature: ChiCom-19 Fatality Rate Similar to Influenza

Re-Blogged From WUWT

ChiCom-19

Aldo Ray as Sgt, Muldoon, The Green Berets, 1968.

Why do I call all things coronavirus, ChiCom-19?

  • Because it is a destructive weapon that came from Communist China. This doesn’t mean it was an engineered bio-weapon or that it was intentionally used to attack almost every nation on Earth. Continue reading

The Bats Behind the Covid-19 Pandemic

Re-Blogged From WUWT

The Bats Behind the Pandemic (published 9 April 2020): From Ebola to Covid-19, many of the deadliest viruses to emerge in recent years have the same animal source.

Ridley horsebat

“RaTG13 is the name, rank and serial number of an individual horseshoe bat of the species Rhinolophus affinis, or rather of a sample of its feces collected in 2013 in a cave in Yunnan, China. The sample was collected by hazmat-clad scientists from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan that year. Stored away and forgotten until January this year, the sample from the horseshoe bat contains the virus that causes Covid-19.

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The Danger of Making #Coronavirus Decisions Without Reliable Data

From STAT – Re-Blogged From WUWT

A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data

By John P.A. Ioannidis

The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. But it may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco.

At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just social distancing, we lack reliable evidence on how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who continue to become infected. Better information is needed to guide decisions and actions of monumental significance and to monitor their impact.

Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates — either on its own or because of these measures — short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable. How long, though, should measures like these be continued if the pandemic churns across the globe unabated? How can policymakers tell if they are doing more good than harm?

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Some Perspective on the #Coronavirus #COVID19 from the CDC

Re-Blogged From WUWT

Folks fretting about the coronavirus are forgetting there’s another virus already running rampant in the United States, one that’s killed nearly 20 times as many people in this country alone.

Influenza has already taken the lives of 10,000 Americans this season, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 19 million have caught the flu, and an estimated 180,000 became so ill they landed in the hospital.

“Influenza is easier to pick up and there are far, far more cases,” said Dr. Alan Taege, an infectious disease physician at the Cleveland Clinic. “It’s already much larger than coronavirus has been so far in the whole world, in our own country alone.”

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Wuhan Coronavirus

By Rud Istvan – Re4-Blogged From WUWT

Introduction

The Wuhan coronavirus potential pandemic has been much in the news recently. ctm discussed my doing an update to a rather long comment a few weeks ago. I first agreed but then demurred until now.

The reasons for agreeing were the numerous analogies (below) to climate change ‘science’ and ‘prognostications’—albeit on usefully shortened testable time frames like this year, not 2100. Examples below include assuming we know what we actually don’t based on models, and reporting worst case but unlikely scenarios as ‘likely” because ‘if it bleeds, it leads’.

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ICE Quarantining Illegal Aliens For Infectious Diseases

Re-Blogged From Survival Institute

Illegal immigration is a serious concern for America.

The flood of people across the southern border seems to have no end in sight.

Now illegal aliens are being quarantined for a disturbing reason.

The next pandemic could come to America by way of third-world illegal immigration.

For this reason, it’s critical to be prepared in case of a mass outbreak.

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Party Dips Spread Norovirus, Herpes, Report Says

By Zoe Papadakis – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Party dips can give you norovirus and even herpes, an investigation revealed, so you might want to think twice next time you indulge in a party spread.

On Monday’s episode of Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 in the U.K., microbiologists revealed just what dangerous viruses could be lurking in some of your favorite dips and the worst part is that you would not even know about it until it was too late, The Daily Mail reported.

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