October 27, 2014 | Georgie

There's been a lot of focus on the spread of Ebola. I'm keen to hear more about advances such as fast, cheap diagnosis.

A new paper Ebola test could show whether someone is infected in just 30 minutes. It uses a simple colour change to indicate when there's an infection, and can even distinguish different strains of the Ebola virus.

Although at the moment it's not ready to be used, I hope it doesn't take too long before it can help people in the affected areas.

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It took the scientists just 12 hours to develop the test, using materials that only cost $20.

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