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Rapid Testing: From Zika to COVID and Beyond (COVID Special)
Since COVID has impacted the world, the next few episodes will focus on the work and science done locally in Austin.
Developing ways to detect viruses is tricky and complex. In response to the Zika virus outbreak in 2015, Alan Blake and Dr. Richard Crockett began trying to make testing for viruses easier and more accessible by creating a hand-held testing device that can be used from the comfort of your own home. With the outbreak of COVID, they quickly pivoted to develop their device to detect this SARS-CoV-2. Listen as they tell you the story of their partnership that started when they were in 6th grade, and culminates in this detection device that they hope to have available soon. The 15 yrs between was spent as the founders of GloFish, the fluorescent aquarium fish that most people would recognize. In this episode, they also share their expertise to shed light on the different types of COVID tests we are all hearing about and help us all understand them a little better.
Guests: Alan Blake and Dr. Richard Crockett
Host: Dan Dillard
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