Medical Xpress September 27, 2022

Nigeria’s Oligo synthesizer laboratory, the first in West Africa, could be a game changer in tackling emerging and re-emerging diseases in the region if harnessed to its full potential, laboratory scientists have said.

Oligo synthesizer is used by scientists to design and develop primers, which are shorter versions of genes and can be used for testing diseases within 24 hours.

Experts say the Oligo synthesizer which is available at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in Lagos could boost West Africa’s ability to diagnose diseases such as monkeypox in the region.

“Unlike when we were at the mercy of Western countries to access advanced technology and laboratories, Nigeria can now diagnose all mystery diseases locally and in a very...

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