Singapore firm develops test for coronavirus

Dr Ong Siew Hwa, director and chief scientist at Acumen Research Laboratories, poses for a photo in front of a projection of the genome of the coronavirus on Feb 5, 2020.
Dr Ong Siew Hwa, director and chief scientist at Acumen Research Laboratories, poses for a photo in front of a projection of the genome of the coronavirus on Feb 5, 2020.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Prototype kit using genomic 'red flags' could shorten testing time to two hours from a day

Time is of the essence when it comes to curbing the spread of the coronavirus that has infected more than 30,000 people worldwide in the span of a month.

Identifying those who may be infected with the virus, known as 2019-nCov, is especially critical.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2020, with the headline 'Local firm develops test for coronavirus'. Print Edition | Subscribe