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Shimadzu to use saliva for coronavirus testing

Non-invasive alternative poses less risk of passing virus to medical staff

Shimadzu applied the technology to detect norovirus for the coronavirus test kit. (Photo courtesy of Shimadzu) 

KYOTO -- Japanese precision instrument maker Shimadzu will add saliva to the sample of PCR reagents to test for the new coronavirus, after the company confirmed it is as accurate as conventional methods.

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