Stanford Pathology in the News

The Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory has deployed an in-house diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19. Rapid identification of infected people could help limit the spread of the virus.

Stanford Pathology News

Benjamin Pinsky,

Clinical virologist Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology and of infectious diseases at the Stanford School of Medicine, and his team in the clinical virology lab began working on the test in late January. They spent February validating and confirming that the test meets the requirements to be a useful clinical tool. 

“The test successfully identified the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in positive samples without cross-reacting with the seasonal coronaviruses or other common respiratory viruses, including influenza,” Pinsky said.

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By KRISTA CONGER, science writer in the Office of Communications