SHIELD FAQ - Can the SHIELD COVID test catch mutations or variants? If so, which ones can it detect?


This test looks for 3 different SARS-CoV-2 genes. That way, even if a mutation changes one gene, the test will be able to detect it. The SHIELD test can also detect all currently known variants. That ability is monitored rigorously by Thermo-Fischer, which produces the part of the test used to identify SARS-CoV-2. 

If a virus is a B.1.1.7 variant, only 2 of the 3 genes the test looks for will be apparent. No other variants are distinguishable with this test.

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Owner:Tyler C.Group:University of Illinois System
Created:2021-04-15 16:06 CDTUpdated:2021-04-21 13:53 CDT
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