A test kit is expected to cost 150 rubles (2 dollars).
Students at Saint Petersburg State University are developing a cheap and accurate system to diagnose spinal muscular atrophy, a spokesperson for the University told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic decease characterized by weakness and wasting in muscles used for movement. When progressing, it can affect the muscles responsible for breathing and swallowing.
Early diagnostics gives better chances to contain the decease. ‘The decease should be diagnosed immediately, and this means as many newborn babies as possible should be tested. To achieve this, the test should be affordable,’ the test developers explained.
The system has no analogues elsewhere in the world.
The test kit will include a 96-well plate for mixing reagents, philtering paper for blood samples and two reagents. One of them is for detecting DNA in dry blood spots, and the other for detecting spinal muscular atrophy.
It planned that one test kit will cost 150 rubles (2 dollars).
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel