Iranian university develops test kit for COVID-19 Omicron variant

Iranian university develops test kit for COVID-19 Omicron variant
Researchers in an Iranian university develop a first home-made test kit for Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Researchers in an Iranian medical school have developed a first home-grown test kit for detecting the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Dean of Kashan University of Medical Sciences (KAUMS) Alireza Moraveji said on Tuesday that the new test kit is able to identify various variants of coronavirus including the newly-detected Omicron variant.

Moraveji said the diagnostic tool has been developed in KAUMS’ Laboratory for Molecular Biomarkers by Majid Lotfinia, a professor teaching at the university.

He said research on the new kit had taken a year, saying KAUMS had provided finances needed to finish the project.

“Some 20 foreign companies have developed such diagnostic kit and the kit developed by experts at KAUMS can compete with foreign brands although its manufacturing cost is around one-fifth,” said the official.

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