A new test called ViroCap can detect thousands of viruses that make people and animals sick.
The test is as sensitive as the gold-standard laboratory tests—called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays. However, even the most expansive PCR assays can only screen for up to about 20 similar viruses at the same time. ViroCap looks for everything.
“With this test, you don’t have to know what you’re looking for,” says Gregory Storch, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “It casts a broad net and can efficiently detect viruses that are present at very low levels. We think the test will be especially useful in situations where a diagnosis remains elusive after standard testing or in situations in which the cause of a disease outbreak is unknown.”Here's the paper:-