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Sligo scientists making key elements for Covid-19 tests

With a global shortage of key elements for Covid-19 tests, Sligo University Hospital (SUH) put a call out to their neighbours at IT Sligo to see if they could help.

Dr Jeremy Bird, Head of the School of Science at the college, now is that scientists at a laboratory in IT Sligo are making two critical elements of the Covid-19 tests.

They are preparing the viral transfer medium for nasal swabs and a Lysis solution which is used in the extraction of RNA from the virus which is then used to diagnose the presence of the virus in the nasal swab.

Supplying the two reagents has facilitated 1,000 tests so far in Sligo and Letterkenny and Dr Bird said they are continually seeking out supplies of what they need. 

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