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S. Korea-based lab testing COVID-19 samples from Finland Updated: 2020-04-09 17:26:33 KST

This box contains hundreds of specimens collected from suspected COVID-19 cases in Finland.

"They said they could only hold up to 1500-2000 tests a day, which is very very small in number. For SCL we can test about 3000 tests for one single day."

Flying over seven-thousand kilometers, samples are hermetically sealed in a temperature-controlled package.
Each sample is placed in small test tubes and then a chemical reagent is added so the gene can be amplified.
Holding 94 specimens, a real-time polymerase chain reaction machine makes genetic copies from each sampleso even a miniscule amount of the virus can be detected.
The real-time PCR technique shows graphs of three specific genes.
If all three of them rise sharply, it means the sample is positive for COVID-19.

This entire process, from taking samples from the box to sending the results to Finland online, takes just six hours.

"Planning to test more COVID19 samples from the hospital in Finland, the SCL is pushing to develop a faster, more accurate testing system. The aim? To take Korean researching capacity to the next level and create a new paradigm in the global bio industry. Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News."
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