Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) diagnostic kit is a practical alternative to the conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and standard microbiological techniques in the detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), a prevalent and lethal virus for the shrimp population. The technology is 10 times more sensitive in detecting WSSV compared to using PCR.
The LAMP diagnostic kit is aided by a heat block apparatus, which replaces the expensive thermal cycler and can provide results within one (1) hour. The technology can also be used on-site due to its convenience, simplicity, and speedy detection. Moreover, the utilization of locally fabricated machine will significantly bring down the cost of pathogen detection in the country.
Dr. Mary Beth B. Maningas
University of Santos Tomas (UST)
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