Wisconsin State Journal: New test for COVID-19 coronavirus from China developed with Promega tools

Wisconsin State Journal: New test for COVID-19 coronavirus from China developed with Promega tools

A new test for the new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year was developed by a Utah company using lab tools from Fitchburg-based Promega Corp., the companies said Tuesday.

Co-Diagnostics, of Salt Lake City, said the test, called the Logix Smart Coronavirus COVID-19 Test, has been approved in Europe. It is different from a test for the virus that was developed in China shortly after the outbreak began.

The new test uses Co-Diagnostics technology to detect the presence of ribonucleic acid, or RNA, produced by the new coronavirus. The virus can cause the disease known as COVID-19.

Co-Diagnostics used a Promega tool called a PCR Optimization Kit, which involves a method known as polymerase chain reaction, in which millions of copies are made of a small sample of DNA to study and measure it.

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