Utilize University-Owned Equipment to Expand PCR Testing New Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has established a subsidy system for universities and research institutes in order to expand PCR tests for new coronaviruses, and is promoting the utilization of the equipment we have. According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as of the 4th of this month, 71 universities and hospitals nationwide as well as 27 universities and research institutes have a system that can carry out PCR tests, making it possible to carry out more than 4400 tests a day in total.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology intends to promote the utilization of testing equipment owned by universities and research institutes to further expand PCR testing 1 million yen per unit when testing using equipment 1 when lending equipment 1 We plan to subsidize 500,000 yen per unit. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology says, “We would like to provide support to universities and research institutes that can cooperate with the inspection after fully considering the impact on the original research activities”.
Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka and others have proposed that “universities and private research institutes should be utilized as well”, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will jointly seek for utilization. The PCR test is a test that uses a technology that amplifies a part of a gene by the action of an enzyme. The PCR method is not only used in the test of the new corona, but also in research fields such as molecular biology and gene analysis of plants.
Source: https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200610/ddf/001/040/001000c, https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200813/k10012564811000.html?utm_int=news-politics_contents_list-items_001