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Scientists in UL Develop COVID-19 Testing Solution

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Scientists at University of Limerick have created a testing solution for COVID-19 amid worldwide shortages of the crucial materials.

In response to the global shortage of reagents and extraction kits for COVID-19 testing, scientists at UL’s Bernal Institute, plus the departments of chemical and biological sciences at UL, joined forces with other research centres and institutes to source materials and prepare a testing solution, which has fallen short of supply.

The Lysis Buffer solution, which is critical for DNA extraction, was validated at University Hospital Limerick, where it is now being used.

Dr Edel Durack, Instrument Scientist at Bernal Bio Laboratories and a team of technicians from the School of Natural Sciences at UL, prepared the solution, which is required to generate results from patient swabs.

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