windows in a centrifuge

How Meller Optics is assisting during the COVID19 crisis.

Meller Optics is the sole manufacturer of Beckman Centrifuge cell windows. A centrifuge to put it simply, is a device that isolates and separates liquids from solids.
They are also critical in creating test kits for COVID 19. But how?

After the DNA is swabbed, it is sent to a lab.
Just how DNA can identify a person, RNA can identify the virus that causes COVID-19. RNA is ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid present in all living cells.
Isolating it requires a series of processes, adding different chemicals and repeatedly spinning the sample in a centrifuge that aim to separate the sample into layers like a cocktail shot, with the layer containing the RNA floating on the top. Then the RNA has to be further purified. By isolating the RNA , labs are able to look for any viral infections.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html