What is “Huo-Yan”

The Huo-Yan (Fire Eye) Laboratory was born in China’s fight against COVID-19. It is complete technical solutions, sets of equipments, service platforms and standard systems for pathogen detection. Huo-Yan Laboratory is supporting the world’s anti-epidemic battle by filling in the shortcomings of the virus detection, and making an outstanding contribution to the global fight against the epidemic.

The Huo-Yan Laboratory model is a high-throughput nucleic acid detection laboratory built according to the needs of the COVID-19 prevention and control and based on the laboratory technical solutions BGI has accumulated for years. The design, testing, operation, staff training and core technology products that support the detection are dominated by BGI. Using the Real-Time Fluorescent RT-PCR kit for detecting 2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) developed independently by BGI Genomics, and equipped with an automated sample preparation system developed independently by MGI, the whole solution not only improves the testing efficiency, but also has the significant features of fast implementation, wide dissemination, and efficient landing.

After the epidemic, the Huo-Yan Laboratory will continue to exert its advantages in mass population detection in reproductive health, infectious diseases, tumors, etc. It is going to become the "standard" of the transformation and upgrading of the medical and health system in various regions. Also, it will improve people's livelihood and health, promote life science research, and develop the life and health industry as a "new infrastructure for public health".

The Meaning of “Huo-Yan”

Why is it named“Huo-Yan Laboratory”?

The  Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom said: "You cannot fight a fire blindfolded.”“Huo-Yan”(Fire Eye) is derived from the Chinese ancient legend story "Journey to the West”, in which Sun Wukong’s fire eyes can see the essence of everything.

Wuhan has Huoshenshan and Leishenshan hospitals that took care of patients infected by COVID-19. However, they need  “Huo-Yan” as an outpost to accurately detect whether the people are negative or positive so that the hospitals can accurately protect the negative uninfected population and isolate the positive population. The accuracy and efficiency of Huo-Yan Laboratory greatly reduced public panic.

Huo-Yan Laboratory is the forefront guard of the prevention and control of the epidemic.


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