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CSIR-IGIB ties up with TATA sons to make India’s first paper strip for rapid diagnosis of Covid-19

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientists from Delhi based establishment of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) cooperating with the Tata Sons to build up the Feluda test strip, India’s first paper – strip test named after the well-known Bengali fictional sleuth ‘Feluda’, for fast analysis of Covid-19.

The test strip has been created by a group drove by two Bengali researchers. Souvik Maiti and Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty, at the CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in New Delhi.

The test utilizes bleeding edge, cutting edge quality altering instrument Crispr-Cas9 to target and recognize the genomic successions of the novel coronavirus in the examples of suspected people.

IGIB director Dr Anurag Aggarwal informed that “A blend of CRISPR science and paper-strip science prompts a noticeable sign readout on a paper strip that can be quickly evaluated for affirming the nearness of viral disease.”

Not at all like the ongoing PCR test right now utilized for determination of Covid-19 in India, costing about ₹4500, this test would be moderate since it doesn’t rely upon costly continuous PCR machines which are as of now in constrained gracefully.

“We are glad to go into a partnership with IGIB for the additional turn of events and commercialization of this CRISPR based innovation for COVID-19 discovery. It utilizes a test convention that is easy to regulate and simple to decipher empowering results to be made accessible to the clinical organization in a moderately lesser time when contrasted with other test conventions,” said Banmali Agrawala, President – Infrastructure and Defense and Aerospace, Tata Sons.

The pack is like a convenient paper-strip test used to affirm pregnancy and does not require any specific apparatuses or various abilities to work. Also, it is the first indigenous testing unit dependent on Crisper technology to be created in India.

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