Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade are developing solutions that will help in the fight against the coronavirus, the Science Fund of Serbia announced today.
The research is being carried out under the auspices of two projects of a special programme financed by the same Fund.
The CAPSIDO project is developing a more reliable and faster antigenic test for the detection of coronavirus under the guidance of a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SANU) and a full-time professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Tanja Ćirković Veličković.
The second project, SMART Repurposing, aims to find a cure for the coronavirus, and the scientific team is led by an academic and full-time professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Radomir Saičić. The press release4 says that the SMART Repurposing scientific team is one of 200 teams worldwide working on finding a cure for the coronavirus, and the final tests will be conducted at the Pasteur Institute in France.
Researchers working on the CAPSIDO project are developing a test that will be sensitive to very low concentrations of the coronavirus in patients. The aim of this research is to develop antigenic tests that, unlike PCR tests, will detect the virus proteins even when they are in very low concentration.
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