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Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2012 Jun;12(5):437-43. doi: 10.1586/erm.12.34.

Near instrument-free, simple molecular device for rapid detection of herpes simplex viruses.

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  • 1BioHelix Corporation, 500 Cummings Center, Suite 5550, Beverly, MA 01915, USA.


The first near instrument-free, inexpensive and simple molecular diagnostic device (IsoAmp HSV, BioHelix Corp., MA, USA) recently received US FDA clearance for use in the detection of herpes simplex viruses (HSV) in genital and oral lesion specimens. The IsoAmp HSV assay uses isothermal helicase-dependent amplification in combination with a disposable, hermetically-sealed, vertical-flow strip identification. The IsoAmp HSV assay has a total test-to-result time of less than 1.5 h by omitting the time-consuming nucleic acid extraction. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity are comparable to PCR and are superior to culture-based methods. The near instrument-free, rapid and simple characteristics of the IsoAmp HSV assay make it potentially suitable for point-of-care testing.

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