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Purdue developing field test to detect COVID virus in dozens of species

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has received $2.7 million in federal funding from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to develop a field test that can measure and predict the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a wide range of wildlife and farm animals.

“We’re hoping to develop one protocol and that the test works universally,” said Mohit Verma, Purdue assistant professor in agricultural and biological engineering and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Verma and his colleagues plan to collect nearly 2,000 nasal and oral samples from. . .

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