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The Virus Hunter's Toolkit

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New technologies like the Virochip harness DNA's properties to identify and fight new viruses.

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The first step in the battle against any infectious disease is to identify the infectious agent. Viruses can be identified based on their proteins or their genome. The Virochip is a DNA microarray diagnostic tool that can detect the genomes of known viruses as well as previously unknown varieties of viruses.  Virochip technology is based on the basic molecular biology of DNA and RNA hybridization.

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