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US scientists have developed a cheap and simple test for the Ebola virus which uses just a piece of paper and gives an answer in 20 minutes

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Re: How can we test for Ebola more rapidly and cheaply?
« Reply #1 on: 23/10/2014 19:51:48 »
I have to ask whether this product has been tested with real tissue samples, or cultured virus.

More research will be needed to determine when the sample becomes positive post-infection, along with false negative, and potentially false positive rates.  However, I could see this as augmenting the current isolation and quarantine protocols.
 

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Re: How can we test for Ebola more rapidly and cheaply?
« Reply #2 on: 24/10/2014 05:52:39 »
Hope this isn't to off topic, but the fact that people who survive seem to develop protective antibodies (because their transfused blood has been used a therapy) how far away are we from a vaccine?
 

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Re: How can we test for Ebola more rapidly and cheaply?
« Reply #3 on: 24/10/2014 07:39:30 »
Current news is that at least one vaccine (GSK) is undergoing Phase 1 (safety in healthy subjects) testing with the intention to produce a "named subject" batch of some 10,000 shots for healthcare workers next month, and at least 3 other companies are gearing up for "general use" production early next year, including one plant with massive sponsorhip from the US Army, as an antiterrorism initiative.
 

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Re: How can we test for Ebola more rapidly and cheaply?
« Reply #4 on: 31/10/2014 08:05:02 »
We did an Ebola update on the show recently; the vaccine question was explored as part of that. The transcript is on this page:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1000942/

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Re: How can we test for Ebola more rapidly and cheaply?
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