The ViroCap, a new virus detection kit that was created by researchers at the Washington University in St. Loius, may soon revolutionise the medical field.
This device could become a huge medical breakthrough. Using the ViroCap, doctors will be able to identify almost any types of viruses that are found in humans or animals.
Viruses are tiny obligate parasites and infections agents that attack the living cells of different organisms, in which they later replicate. Because they are much smaller than bacteria, and many of them do not signal their presence like bacteria do, they often go undetected. That is why it is extremely important to detect the viruses at an early stage.
Gregory Storch, a professor of paediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and one of the world’s best experts in infectious diseases, announced this week that he and his colleagues are working on the ViroCap test kit.
As of now, the ViroCap is still under development and many of us may see it as a project that could easily be found in a science fiction film.
According to Storch, the ViroCap will use highly advanced technology, and will be able to identify even the slightest viral activity. The test kit, which uses technology provided by the McDonnell Genome Institute, will spot the viruses through genome sequencing. Clinics all over the world will be able to use the new technology once it is launched.
The ViroCap has to undergo a lot of testing before it can be released. Until now it has proven to be very efficient when tested in laboratories. The test kit will represent a huge medical breakthrough, if it also works in real life situations. It will help doctors diagnose illnesses in patients at an early stage, thus saving people’s lives.
In order to test for some viruses, doctors have to use very expensive kits. For instance, an individual kit which is used to test for the Ebola virus costs $1,000 or more, and even so, often times the viruses can remain undetected. Early detection of the virus will definitely increase a patient’s chances of survival.