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Health Agencies Update
July 16, 2003

SARS Chip Arrives

JAMA. 2003;290(3):324. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.324-a

Researchers studying severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can now receive free "SARS chips," which are stamp-sized slides containing all 29 700 base pairs of DNA from the coronavirus that was responsible for some 8400 cases of SARS since last November.

The chips will speed identification of deadly strains and help identify weak spots in the defenses of the virus, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Some 800 people have died from SARS, and no vaccine or specific treatment is currently available.