Test detects SARS-CoV-2 variants in wastewater

Nov. 10, 2021

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.

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