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Nasopharyngeal Swabs: Mapping the Respiratory Microbiome
2023-12-12
Nasopharyngeal Swabs: Mapping the Respiratory Microbiome
Nasopharyngeal Swabs: Mapping the Respiratory Microbiome The emergence of COVID-19 sparked new scientific curiosity about the nasopharyngeal microbiome. As researchers desire insights into how SARS-CoV-2 interacts with other microbes co-colonizing the throat, nasopharyngeal swabbing has taken center stage. Exploring the Secrets of the Nasopharyngeal Microbiome ...
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The Feasibility of Nasal Sampling Swabs for Respiratory Infection
2023-12-12
The Feasibility of Nasal Sampling Swabs for Respiratory Infection
The Feasibility of Nasal Sampling Swabs for Respiratory Infection How well were self-collected nasal swabs accepted by participants? Self-collected nasal sampling swabs were well accepted with over 99% of adults and 96% of children in a study in 2019 indicating willingness to participate in a longer nasal swabbing scheme. The procedure was mostly perceived as uncomp...
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Mantacc to Showcase Advancements at Medlab Middle East 2024
2023-12-02
Mantacc to Showcase Advancements at Medlab Middle East 2024
Mantacc to Showcase Advancements at Medlab Middle East 2024 Mantacc, a leading manufacturer of lab consumables including swabs, transport media, culture media, disinfectant swabsticks, CHG applicators and saliva collectors, will be exhibiting at Medlab Middle East 2024 to showcase our latest products. Medlab Middle East is the largest medical laboratory exhibition a...
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Simoa Technology: Optimizing Nucleocapsid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2
2023-11-29
Simoa Technology: Optimizing Nucleocapsid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2
Simoa Technology: Optimizing Nucleocapsid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2 The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the crucial need for accurate, rapid diagnostic testing to identify and isolate infected individuals. While polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays detect viral RNA and serve as the gold standard, supply constraints and complexity limit access. Seeking alternatives, a Da...
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Quantifying the Infectious Window of COVID-19 to Minimize Transmission
2023-11-29
Quantifying the Infectious Window of COVID-19 to Minimize Transmission
Quantifying the Infectious Window of COVID-19 to Minimize Transmission The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 continues to impact populations globally with widespread transmission, even in highly vaccinated countries. Reducing transmission remains key to the public health response, but prolonged and unnecessary isolation periods impose societal, psychological and econo...
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Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Variants: A Multiplexed RT-PCR Approach
2023-11-29
Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Variants: A Multiplexed RT-PCR Approach
Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Variants: A Multiplexed RT-PCR Approach The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 continues to present new challenges, especially with the emergence of viral variants like Omicron and Delta. These new variants can spread more efficiently, evade immunity from past infection or vaccines, and resist treatment with antibody therapies. T...
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COVID Testing Swabs: What Are We Putting in Our Noses?
2023-11-29
COVID Testing Swabs: What Are We Putting in Our Noses?
COVID Testing Swabs: What Are We Putting in Our Noses? Since early 2020, COVID-19 testing has become a ubiquitous part of life across much of the world. With thousands of millions of tests conducted, the cotton or nylon swabs used to collect samples from peoples’ noses or throats have been mass produced on an unprecedented scale. But what exactly are these swabs made of? T...
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How Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay Supplement RT-PCR
2023-11-29
How Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay Supplement RT-PCR
How Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay Supplement RT-PCR Testing people to see if they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 is incredibly important for controlling the spread of this dangerous disease. One of the main ways doctors test for the virus is using a method called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). This technique can detect ...
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The Indispensable Role of UTM in the COVID-19 Battle
2023-11-28
The Indispensable Role of UTM in the COVID-19 Battle
The Indispensable Role of UTM in the COVID-19 Battle The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of diagnostic testing to identify infections and contain outbreaks. An unsung hero that has enabled widespread testing is the viral transport medium (VTM), specifically universal transport medium (UTM). UTM allows safe collection and transportation of patient samples l...
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VTM Solutions: Lessons from a COVID-19 Study
2023-11-28
VTM Solutions: Lessons from a COVID-19 Study
VTM Solutions: Lessons from a COVID-19 Study Mantacc sponsored a research team to evaluate their viral transport media (VTM) solution for SARS-CoV-2 testing. The goal was improving test reliability and sensitivity. But the study results told a different story. Mantacc was one of four VTM products included in the investigation. The researchers tested two SARS-CoV-2 st...
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Environmental Sampling in Egg Safety Programs for Cage-Free Systems
2023-11-22
Environmental Sampling in Egg Safety Programs for Cage-Free Systems
Environmental Sampling in Egg Safety Programs for Cage-Free Systems As the egg industry transitions to more cage-free housing systems, there are questions around how best to monitor the environment for pathogens that may impact human health. A study in 2022 examined detection of Listeria, Campylobacter and Salmonella in a cage-free aviary system via different environment...
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How Effectively Can Environmental Sampling of Trees Detect Mammals?
2023-11-22
How Effectively Can Environmental Sampling of Trees Detect Mammals?
How Effectively Can Environmental Sampling of Trees Detect Mammals? New DNA-based techniques offer the potential to revolutionize how scientists monitor mammal populations and distributions. Instead of relying on observation, trapping, or camera footage, environmental DNA (eDNA) methods detect genetic material shed into the local environment. A study in 2023 tested using...
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