Coronavirus: Front-line Fighters

Coronavirus: Singapore labs join global race to learn about virus

Having made a diagnostic test kit, scientists here now hope to develop a possible cure

Professor Lisa Ng was part of a team at A*Star that developed a kit which could test for the Sars virus in patient blood samples in 2003.
Professor Lisa Ng was part of a team at A*Star that developed a kit which could test for the Sars virus in patient blood samples in 2003. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

How does the fight against the spread of a disease begin, if the virus causing it is something that no one has seen or heard of before?

As with most mysteries, it starts with first seeking answers to the most basic of questions: What is it? How does it spread? How severe is the infection it causes?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 16, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore labs join global race to learn about virus'. Subscribe