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Coronavirus Central: OZY looks at the virus sweeping the planet and its impact.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Academics are familiar with the challenge of trying to get the general public to care about a niche issue or research question to which they’ve doggedly dedicated their careers. But amid a coronavirus pandemic, Suresh Neethirajan has suddenly found his scientific focus — developing diagnostic tools for flu strains in animals — to be a matter of urgent global concern.
The speed at which we can positively identify a pathogen has a huge impact on the management and control of the disease within populations.
THE BOTTLENECKS NEETHIRAJAN IS TRYING TO TACKLE: TIME AND COST.
The countries that have best contained COVID-19 implemented mass testing and early isolation of confirmed cases.
If Neethirajan’s feathered solution can eventually work for humans on a mass scale, it would give the best window yet into what the world is facing.
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