UNamur: a glimmer of hope in the fight against Covid-19


The University of Namur (UNamur) has developed a new screening technique for Covid-19. Approved by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP), it will now allow an increase in the number of tests carried out in Belgium. It also opens up new perspectives in the fight against the new coronavirus on a global scale.

Based on an RNA extraction technique (genetic information from the virus), Professor Benoit Muylkens, virologist at the University of Namur, and his team have created a new analytical method that requires an extraction hood, a centrifuge at 4°C and a basic reagent. According to the Professor, "this protocol is very simple, it is not revolutionary" ; "it is based on human labour rather than complex machines". This method therefore requires human resources but makes it possible to do without the reagents that are in short supply.

Beyond the advantages of increasing the number of tests (500 tests can be carried out every day), there are also the identification of new propagation epicentres and better protection for doctors and staff.

UNamur is now sharing its technique with laboratories around the world.

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