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  • New Method to Detect Influenza and Coronavirus Suggested at ITMO

    Researchers from ITMO University and Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza have suggested a multipurpose method that can detect coronavirus and influenza type A and B viruses in biological liquids. At the core of the novel method is surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) combined with machine learning, which help make it up to 85% accurate – meaning that it performs better than express tests (which produce false positive results in 11-48% of cases). Moreover, the new method compares favorably with PCR, too, as it takes minutes to complete. The solution is described in an article published in Biosensors.


  • ITMO Researchers Developing Alternative to PCR Testing

    A joint research team from ITMO University and the University of Central Florida are working on a new type of nanosensors – the so-called DNA nanomachines (nanorobots) – that can unfold RNA and DNA structures to identify pathogen-specific sequences. Unlike PCR tests, the new testing method does not require expensive equipment and special conditions and can thus be performed outside laboratories. Here is what you need to know about the novel diagnostics method.