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SARS-CoV-2 variants are of particular interest because they can potentially increase the transmissibility and virulence of COVID-19 or reduce the effectiveness of available vaccines. However, screening SARS-CoV-2 variants is a challenge because biosensors target viral components that can mutate. One promising strategy is to screen variants via angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), a virus receptor shared by all known SARS-CoV-2 variants. Here we designed a highly sensitive and portable COVID-19 screening biosensor based on the virus receptor. We chose a dual-gate field-effect transistor to overcome the low sensitivity of virus-receptor-based biosensors. To optimize the biosensor, we introduced a synthetic virus that mimics the important features of SARS-CoV-2 (size, bilayer structure, and composition). The developed biosensor successfully detected SARS-CoV-2 in 20 min and showed sensitivity comparable to that of molecular diagnostic tests (∼165 copies/mL). Our results indicate that a virus-receptor-based biosensor can be an effective strategy for screening infectious diseases to prevent pandemics.


Sungwook Park, Hojun Kim, Kyungmin Woo, Jeong-Min Kim, Hye-Jun Jo, Youngdo Jeong, Kwan Hyi Lee. SARS-CoV-2 Variant Screening Using a Virus-Receptor-Based Electrical Biosensor. Nano letters. 2022 Jan 12;22(1):50-57

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