Maybe you can't remember every time you've been sick quite as well as every episode of Parks and Rec. And, maybe you like it that way. But, Wired reports, there's now a simple blood test that can detect every single virus you've ever had.
The test (VirScan) was detailed in a study published yesterday in the journal Science. The researchers evaluated the new test using samples from 569 people in South Africa, Thailand, Peru, and the U.S. Overall, they found that people had antibodies for an average of 10 viruses, meaning people had been infected by those 10 viruses at some point in their lives. But, the authors write that those participants were probably infected by more than one strain of common viruses, which would still only show up as one positive hit.
What's even cooler is that, because our bodies can continue to produce those antibodies for years after we've beaten the infection, this test scans for all the viruses you've ever had. The researchers hope this will lead to earlier detection of HIV. And, it could give us an insight into the long-term effects of having viral infections.
Although the test does better at picking out some viruses than others, its ability to test for a bunch of them at once (for about the same price as current tests) is definitely a plus. So, are you ready to find out your entire viral history?
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