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External peer review of the RTPCR test to detect SARS-CoV-2 reveals 10 major scientific flaws at the molecular and methodological level: consequences for false positive results.

Borger, Pieter; Malhotra, Rajesh Kumar; Yeadon, Michael; Craig, Clare; McKernan, Kevin; Steger, Klaus; McSheehy, Paul; Angelova, Lidiya; Franchi, Fabio; Binder, Thomas; ...
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  • Published: 30 Nov 2020
In the publication entitled “Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR” (Eurosurveillance 25(8) 2020) the authors present a diagnostic workflow and RT-qPCR protocol for detection and diagnostics of 2019-nCoV (now known as SARS-CoV-2), which they claim to be validated, as well as being a robust diagnostic methodology for use in public-health laboratory settings. In light of all the consequences resulting from this very publication for societies worldwide, a group of independent researchers performed a point-by-point review of the aforesaid publication in which 1) all components of the presented test design were cross checked, 2) the RT-q...
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