According to The Asahi Shimbun, Japanese researchers announced the development of precision diagnostic testing equipment for COVID-19 that produces a result in only 9 minutes.
They added that the method has the potential to “be applied to earlier detection of cancer and other disorders as well.”
The team, comprised primarily of members from the Riken research institute, the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Jichi Medical University in Tochigi Prefecture, said the test has an accuracy rate of more than 98 percent.
Aside from producing a result far faster than a typical polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, the procedure costs about the same, just US$2 (269 yen).
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