Also, the new corona tests may differentiate between the corona virus and the flu, which the government says will be extremely valuable in the coming winter months.
How it works? Think of it as a complete laboratory, which fits in the palm of your hand, according to the director of DnaNudge. His company normally gives customers nutritional advice based on their DNA, and developed one of the two test methods.
Another test, called LamPORE, works similarly. Oxford Nanopore, the company behind the test, supplies devices that can also be used on location. Think of test streets, but also at schools, for example, says the director. The company has developed machines in two sizes.
Many question marks
Medical experts are enthusiastic, but some are also reluctant. For example, the British government has not yet made clear how accurate the tests are.
Previous bad buys
Criticism is also heard in Great Britain. “This technology is new and it is important to test it. There are no independent studies of it,” a professor from Birmingham University told The Guardian.
He adds that the government has previously purchased useless tests from Johnson. In April, 3.5 million home tests, which Prime Minister Johnson said would be groundbreaking, were ultimately found not to be reliable enough. “They bought tests based on what companies said.”
Nevertheless, the first tests will be used from next week. The British government wants to increase the test capacity from 300,000 to 500,000 tests per day.