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  • American Firm Develops A Machine That Tests Air Samples

    March 14, 2020 By Evette Normand 0 comments

    The American microbiological test company Innovaprep has developed technology that tests the air for traces of the coronavirus. The process involves several steps. First of all, the “Bobcat” machine takes an air sample and collects the microbes and germs in a special filter. The sample is then converted into a liquid using a special foam. A secondary unit then centers the organisms inside the liquid to a small drop, that’s then analyzed by one more unit to disclose what all those microorganisms are. The whole process takes only about two hours. Dave Alburty, the company’s CEO said the procedure “strengthens the DNA until there is enough DNA from that organism to recognize it.”

    Air Sampling and Analysis of VOCs for Monitoring Exposure by Passive Sampling

    The U.S. military has been using similar technology to detect dangerous particles in the air for several years, but according to Alburty, this tech can also be used to test hospitals, cruise ships, office buildings, and other environments for COVID-19. He says: “We have – consciously or unconsciously – been fighting against pathogens for a millennium. But now we have the secret weapon: tools that can quickly detect a threat.”

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