Researchers develop rapid testing tool for COVID-19

Gene editing technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows for quick detection of pathogens by marking genetic sequences in DNA/RNA. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have used that expertise to create SENSR (sensitive enzymatic nucleic acid sequence reporter) to streamline the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 and a pandemic that brought the world to a halt.