New device from MIT, Harvard can quickly detect COVID variants in saliva samples

By CBS Boston Staff

A new device designed by MIT and Harvard University engineers could help diagnose the spread of new COVID variants.

The tabletop diagnostic platform can detect coronavirus in saliva samples in about an hour, and also find viral mutations that are specific to the variants that are circulating the globe. It’s said to be as accurate as the PCR tests that use nasal swabs.

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