A new method to detect the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 variants is developed by an interdisciplinary research team. The team, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program, has adopted a customizable genotyping approach to identify known variants. The technique focuses on genetic reference markers of the relevant alterations that distinguish the variety of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The test is performed with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which is already in use by our laboratory testing for COVID-19.
The top 10 most prevalent variants according to the World Health Organization (WHO) include: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, and Mu. As variants of SARS-CoV-2 continue to emerge, it is critical to know where they are spreading and how rapidly, so the necessary countermeasures can be implemented.
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