GT Molecular has released its digital PCR Variants of Concern assay to detect SARS-CoV-2 variant levels in wastewater. The assay works on the Qiagen QIAcuity platform.
The VOC kit targets 9 spike mutations and N1, which can be used to indicate the presence of 7 variants. It is the company’s second test. The first offering for the QIAcuity targets N1 and N2.
The VOC kit differentiates SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Delta+, Lambda and Mu).
The company said that wastewater surveillance has the potential to reveal viral infection and mutational dynamics earlier than diagnostic testing.