• New test detects hundreds of viruses at a time from a single drop of blood
  • Currently doctors test for specific viruses – which is labour intensive
  • Patterns across populations could explain conditions like chronic fatigue
  • Study found on average a person has been infected with 10 viruses


A simple test could reveal any viruses a person has ever had – allowing for better diagnosis of disease.

The new tool can detect hundreds of viruses at a time from just a single drop of blood.

The test, called VirScan, makes it possible to test for all current and past infections, rather than testing for specific viruses at a time.