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To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and increase the number of state-funded medical tests during the national state of emergency, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) has supplied the E. Gulbja Laboratory with the NucliSENS easyMag automated nucleic acid extraction system. The equipment has been loaned out to the laboratory free of charge.

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This equipment enables DNA or ribonucleic acid to be extracted quickly from a variety of samples.

The NucliSENS easyMag system has until now been used daily at the RSU Institute of Microbiology and Virology.  The equipment was made in France and has an estimated value of nearly 93,000 euros. 

RSU is a socially responsible university currently actively involved in dealing with the containment efforts of COVID-19. Both local and international RSU students are volunteering at events aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. 

RSU encourages other universities and research institutes to support our colleagues at laboratories in the country by loaning them equipment. The equipment was delivered to the laboratory by SIA Diamedica, which is the company that provides technical support and maintains the device.

E. Gulbja Laboratory is a long-standing cooperation partner of RSU that has supported students with scholarships and by providing placement opportunities. In 2017 Egils Gulbis was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree for his outstanding contribution to the development of RSU.