Thermo Fisher’s new Applied Biosystems Absolute Q SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance Kit* is designed to provide rapid and consistent absolute quantitation of relevant SARS-CoV-2 targets from wastewater samples using digital PCR (dPCR). With minimal hands-on time, the two-tube kit simplifies the dPCR workflow toward a 90-minute time to result, without the need for specialized training.   

Wastewater surveillance has emerged as an effective tool to identify and track SARS-CoV-2 transmission before a potential outbreak occurs, as infected individuals shed detectable viral RNA in human waste before becoming symptomatic. Monitoring community wastewater for these viral targets enables early detection to help guide public health response.   

Developed to streamline dPCR wastewater surveillance, the kit contains only two components: the triplex Absolute Q SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance Assay and the Absolute Q 1-Step RT-dPCR Master Mix, which is optimized for multiplexing and to detect RNA targets without a separate reverse-transcription step. The RT-dPCR master mix eliminates upstream cDNA conversion steps for quantitative RNA analysis, saving time and resources.   

“We developed the Absolute Q Wastewater Surveillance Kit to help simplify and accelerate the critical role that wastewater testing plays in detecting SARS-CoV-2 before potential outbreaks occur to guide and inform public health response,” says Paul Hung, senior director and general manager, dPCR, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Seeing how infectious disease surveillance has become imperative to public health policy on a global scale, we anticipate that the Absolute Q RNA master mix can be leveraged to detect other relevant RNA viruses in the future.”  

*For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.