Australian researchers have made a critical breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, successfully growing the live virus from patients in 新南威尔士州.
A team of 10 scientists at a state-of-the-art biosecurity P4 laboratory in Westmead Hospital have been working around the clock to cultivate the virus.
It's hoped that the breakthrough will help health experts around the world develop accurate and fast diagnostic tools to contain the outbreak.
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"But unless clinicians understand the epidemiology of the disease – how it behaves and replicates - they can't develop reliable diagnostic testing to identify and contain it.
新南威尔士州 Health Pathology's Director of Public Health Pathology, Professor Dominic Dwyer, said the live strain of the virus will be shared with medical teams around the world.