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Takara Bio's saliva-based coronavirus test to allow samples taken at home

Expected to be release this month, method would greatly expand testing capacity

Mucus-based PCR testing requires a swab of the nose and throat.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Takara Bio will release a coronavirus test in Japan as early as this month that uses saliva, enabling samples to be taken from home in what could be a major step toward increased testing and improved health care worker safety.

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