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    High-brightness Probes for Faster, More Robust COVID-19 Testing

    New probes using incredibly bright dyes could help detect COVID-19 earlier, leading to faster testing even when only trace amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA are present. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, scientists search for ways to catch positive cases earlier and run samples faster. Rapid testing is crucial to slow the spread of the virus. High-brightness dyes offer the promise of greatly improving COVID-19 testing methods. That’s why the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved a new $256,000 grant for high-brightness fluorophores developed by Michigan Technological University researchers and StabiLux Biosciences, a Michigan-based health tech business founded by MTU faculty.