Facemask uses CRISPR-based tech to detect SARS-CoV-2

2021-07-06

Synthetic biology reactions have been embedded into fabrics by a team of scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, resulting in customizable wearable biosensors for pathogen and toxin detection and utilizes CRISPR-based SHERLOCK technology. The button-activated wearable freeze-dried cell-free technology of the novel face mask can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the breath of a patient and can produce results within 90 minutes with accuracy levels similar to standard nucleic acid-based diagnostic tests, according to research published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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