Russian scientists are developing a biochip that will help to accurately determine the presence of COVID-19, Rospotrebnadzor informs on the official website.
According to RIA Novosti, the department’s website has published the results of a study conducted by specialists from the N.N. Academician I. N. Blokhina. The message says:
Work is underway to create a biochip prototype for the indication of actual pathogens of community-acquired pneumonia, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is planned to characterize the regional features of the etiological structure of community-acquired pneumonia, taking into account which a DNA biochip prototype will be developed.
A unique biochip for testing coronavirus infection is being developed at ETU “LETI”, an engineering center for microtechnology and diagnostics. For several years there, scientists have been successfully engaged in the research and development of multimodal biosensors for the rapid detection of microorganisms, viruses, and biomarkers. A special place is occupied by work on biomarker diagnostics of stress, acute infarction, as well as express diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2 using peptides.
The partners of St. Petersburg University are Research Institute of Highly Pure Biologicals, Research Institute of Influenza of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Pasteur. As a result of joint activities, the scientific and technological foundations for the creation of biochips for the identification of pathogens and testing of their antibiotic resistance have been developed.