Low-Cost COVID-19 Test Developed by IIT-Delhi Approved in India

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has permitted a brand new diagnostic take a look at to detect COVID-19 in a growth that would considerably cut back the price of testing. Developed by IIT-Delhi, the take a look at is believed to be the primary real-time PCR-based diagnostic take a look at from an educational institute to have obtained the stamp of approval from the ICMR.

This growth is critical because the ICMR has stopped utilizing China-made take a look at kits for the testing of COVID-19 instances due to ‘massive variation in test results’. According to the report, the brand new take a look at makes use of a ‘probe-free’ technique that reduces the price of testing with out compromising on accuracy. It is a departure from most present testing strategies which can be stated to be ‘probe-based’ and, has reportedly been validated by the ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100 p.c.

According to an unidentified authorities official quoted by the PTI, “This is the first probe-free assay for COVID-19 approved by ICMR and it will be useful for specific and affordable high throughput testing. This assay can be easily scaled up as it does not require fluorescent probes. The team is targeting large scale deployment of the kit at affordable prices with suitable industrial partners as soon as possible”.

Using comparative sequence analyses, the researchers recognized distinctive RNA sequences within the COVID-19 and SARS COV-2 genome. “These unique regions are not present in other human coronaviruses providing an opportunity to specifically detect COVID-19”, stated Professor Vivekanandan Perumal, lead member of the IIT-Delhi group that included a variety of PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and professors. There’s no fast phrase on how lengthy it’s going to take earlier than the take a look at will probably be out there commercially.

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