An inexpensive and readily available saline solution can be used to safely store and transport coronavirus samples and help resolve a nationwide shortage of the solution needed to complete COVID-19 testing, according to Rutgers researchers. In a study published in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, investigators report that phosphate buffered saline — a simple salt solution commonly found in hospitals and clinical laboratories — can be used as a virus transport medium for up to 18 hours to reliably send coronavirus-contaminated specimens to the testing laboratory. To read the full story.
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