The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a need for fast and accurate methods for identifying RNA viruses through nucleic acid capture and detection. Akadeum Life Sciences is up to the challenge.

In a relatively short time, the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe. This novel virus was first noted in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and arrived in the United States in January 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) called this new coronaviral disease COVID-19, and the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) named it SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2).

COVID-19 is a close relative of the previous SARS virus (SARS-CoV) and is also reminiscent of the MERS virus (MERS-CoV).

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