Blood Test Can Tell You Every Virus You’ve Ever Had

Posted: June 6, 2015 in Tech

A simple test has been developed that can detect every known human virus in a single drop of blood. It can confirm present and past viral infections, even if they occurred many years ago, scientists said.

The test is based on the rapid and simultaneous detection of the hundreds of different antibodies that the human immune system makes when the body is invaded by viruses ranging from influenza and herpes to HIV and Ebola.

Scientists believe the test, called VirScan, can be performed on a single blood sample for about £16, which would radically improve the disease surveillance of large populations as well as being able to look back at the medical history of individual patients in terms of past viral infections.

“We’ve developed a screening methodology to basically look back in time in people’s [blood] sera and see what they have experienced,” said Stephen Elledge of Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led the development team.

Full Story @ [The Independent]


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