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Doubts linger over GeNose COVID-19 breathalyzer

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GeNose COVID-19 testing chambers are set up at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport in Palembang, South Sumatra.(AP II/Handout)
Ardila Syakriah and Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 13, 2021

GeNose, a coronavirus breathalyzer invented by Gadjah Mada University (UGM), is getting more and more widely used for traveling, tourism and other public activities, like going to the movies, because it is cheaper and offers faster results than the gold standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. But doubts still linger over its accuracy because of a lack of transparency in its development.

GeNose was developed by UGM associate professor of physics Kuwat Triyana and UGM pediatric clinician Dian Kesumapramudya Nurputra. It is based on an artificial-intelligence-powered sensory system that mimics the human nose to detect volatile organic compounds, which, according to its researchers, are specific to people with COVID-19, exhaled by a person into a plastic bag.

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