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BGI’s Huo-Yan Laboratory completes 2.24 million nucleic acid tests

From: yantian.gov.cn | Updated:2022-01-20

BGI’s Huo-Yan Laboratory processed more than 226,000 test samples from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15, and by using the 10-in-1 test samples method, tested 2.24 million people covering Longgang, Luohu, Futian, Yantian, and Bao’an Districts. According to BGI, Huo-Yan Laboratory’s testing capacity reaches 60,000 per day, with 10-in-1 tests for up to 600,000 people. The testing laboratory is now operating around the clock with more than 100 lab technicians working in shifts.

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According to reports, the laboratory is divided into four areas: reagent preparation, scan code sampling, nucleic acid extraction, and nucleic acid amplification. The sampling and extraction chambers are equipped with a fully automated cup separation system developed by BGI, which can process 192 samples every 40 minutes, and also utilizes a high-throughput automated nucleic acid extraction instrument that processes up to 10,000 samples per day. The laboratory has established a refined nucleic acid detection platform automation process, and domestic science and technology has greatly enhanced the detection efficiency, and greatly reduced the laboratory personnel infection risk.

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Thus far, BGI Genomics COVID-19 testing products have reached more than 180 countries and regions. Over 90 laboratories have been set up overseas in more than 30 countries and regions. In the post-pandemic era, the laboratories can also function as a new infrastructure for public health that could play a role in the prevention and control for other infectious diseases and birth defects, and provide early screening and medication for tumors.