A team of researchers from the University of Brasília (UnB) is in the final stretch of developing a rapid diagnostic kit for Covid-19. The research is carried out with proteins developed in insect and plant cells from the application of the coronavirus gene.
With the test, doctors can find out if the person has antibodies to the disease. At this moment, the work is going through the validation phase to understand how much of the protein produced is necessary to use in the test and how much serology – the patient’s blood – is needed to detect the presence of the coronavirus.
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In an interview with Correio Braziliense, the project coordinator, Bergmann Ribeiro, said that having a completely Brazilian test is essential for Brazil to maintain independence from imported technology and inputs, in addition to being cheaper and highlighting the need for investment in research in the country.
The work was cited in the “Journal of Virological Methods” because it deals with a still little studied method of purification of these cloned coronavirus proteins in insect and plant cells.
In addition to the Cell Biology department at UnB, researchers from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) participate in the study.
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