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PORTER Now you've been in - involved in some research to try and speed that up even further, can you explain what that is? MCNALLY



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PORTER

Now you've been in - involved in some research to try and speed that up even further, can you explain what that is?


MCNALLY

Yeah well I used to work in the avian influenza lab down in Surrey, which is where my interest in detection and diagnosis came from and since I've moved on from there we have a European Union funded project, one of several actually, which are looking to speed up detection and diagnosis of influenza. Now obviously it's still - at the moment it's done very well but there's still that delay of having to transport things to a reference laboratory for the tests and one of our projects is looking to develop a device which - where the test will be able to run on site. So, for example, for a health official - if someone called NHS 24 saying I've just come back from Mexico, I've got flu-like symptoms, rather than a health official going out there, taking a swab, transporting it to a reference lab, the idea is that we would - could have a device where the test could be done there and then and the results would be known there and then. And then you could implement control procedures much more quickly. The actual molecular test and so on, [indistinct word] the device is the difficult part so it's integrating extracting the genetic material from the virus with running the test, that's the difficult part.


PORTER

So this really is near patient testing - you take the test to the patient and presumably these machines would have quite a fast turnover, you could test numerous people?



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