IEEE Pulse. 2021 Mar-Apr;12(2):8-11. doi: 10.1109/MPULS.2021.3066716.
Reports on the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) technology test. Advanced CRISPR technology is part of a new test that determines within minutes whether a person has been infected with even very low levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the cause of COVID-19), and also quickly and directly measures the viral load, or how much replicating virus is in a person’s body. The California research group behind the technology seeks to provide a do-it-yourself test that people can use to check themselves for infection before going out in public, so they know whether they should head to work or school, hop on a plane, or visit older relatives.