APRIL 23, 2020
Scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),, India have found great success in developing a new kit for rapid testing of Covid-19.
This kit can detect viral RNA of the novel corona virus (SARS-COV-2) in less than an hour. Scientists say this paper-strip kit is much cheaper than commonly used testing methods and may help meet the challenge of large-scale corona testing once it is developed.
IGIB scientist Dr. Debjyoti Chakraborty told India Science Wire that “this paper-kit used state-of-the-art technique of gene-editing crisper-cas-9 to identify the genomic sequence of the corona virus in susceptible individuals of infection.”
Dr. Debjyoti Chakraborty said, “The validity of this test kit is currently being tested, after its completion it will be used for testing new corona virus.
CSIR Director General Dr. Shekhar C. Mande has said – “The primary results associated with the development of this kit are encouraging. However, the primary results are still seen on limited samples and are being tested extensively. It will also be tested on samples sourced from other countries. Regulatory bodies may get permission for its use soon, after which this kit can be used for testing. ”