New Land Rover Discovery equipped antiviral laboratoryMarch 24, 2019
The British brand has released a unique and highly specialized version of its SUV specifically to assist in the study of malaria. The car is presented in the framework of a special project Mobile Malaria Project.
The company Jaguar Land Rover, in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society, announces the imminent start of a two-month expedition to study malaria. The Mobile Malaria Project presented a special mobile laboratory based on the Discovery off-road vehicle. The expedition will be attended by three scientists from Oxford University, headed by Dr. George Busby. The route is laid through Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
The car was designed and developed by Skunworks Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and equipped with a mobile genetic sequencing laboratory, which includes a refrigerator / freezer for safe storage of scientific materials, cameras, microscopes, special baggage compartments and various storages. Unique modifications will allow the research team to test portable DNA sequencing technology in collaboration with African research centers to better understand how this technology can be used in different environments.
It is estimated that the expedition’s route will be at least 6,300 km in order to investigate the problems faced by those who live in close proximity to the outbreaks of malaria in Africa.
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