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印尼警方正在调查一种传闻中能够“吸血”的动物,该动物曾杀害了数百头牲畜

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
据印尼安塔拉媒体报道,苏门答腊岛北部波汗汤加(Pohan Tonga)村的一个村庄正受到一种不明生物的威胁,这种生物杀死了包括鸭子、鸡和猪在内的数百头牲畜,并吸干了它们的血。

据印尼另一家媒体Kumparan报道,村民们认为杀人的动物是一种palasik,在新加坡被称为Penanggal。

在当地的民间传说中,palasik是一种只有头、脊椎和内脏的生物。

47岁的村民Sanj Simanjuntak是死亡牲畜的主人,他告诉安塔拉,他是如何发现一头死猪的:该猪的猪颈部有多处刀伤,且腹部有一个很长的切口。

他不知道是什么原因导致了这头猪的死亡,但他说,这种拥有极大嫌疑的“凶手”吸了这头猪的血。

该地区的自然资源保护机构的一位发言人透露,根据目前的证据,这种生物被认为有五个爪子。

据安塔拉媒体报道,在找到这只动物之前,他们还不能确定它是什么动物,不过他们怀疑它可能是只熊。

安塔拉还报道称,志愿者们已经开始“狩猎”活动,以调查牲畜的死亡原因。

其中一名志愿者说,据传这只动物又大又壮。

根据Kumparan的说法,警方发言人Walpon Baringbing称,“警方将对数百头牲畜被吸血动物咬死的事件展开调查”,以找出它们的死因,并将与当地的自然资源保护机构积极合作。

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.