The test can be used in a similar way to over-the-counter pregnancy test strips and costs around Rs 500.
- Last update: April 18, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
It is a modern riddle that is currently plaguing the whole world – are you infected with the new novel corona virus?
You could get the answer in a few minutes now, with the kind permission of writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s famous fictional detective “Feluda”.
A team led by two scientists from Bengali, Dr. Souvik Maiti and Dr. Debojyoti Chakraborty, from the Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in New Delhi, has developed a simple strip. Test ‘to tell you in minutes whether you have COVID-19.
And yes, it’s named after the Bengali truth.
The “Feluda” is a paper-based test strip that detects the new corona virus within an hour and can now be the solution to India’s urgent need for rapid tests.
The test uses the state-of-the-art gene editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to determine and identify the genome sequences of the new coronavirus in the samples of suspicious individuals.
“We have been working on this tool for around two years. But in late January, when the outbreak in China peaked, we started testing it to see if it could work for Covid-19. It took us about two months to get these results, “said Dr. Debjyoti Chakraborty LiveMint in an earlier interview.
These tests could also cut costs – the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test currently requires machines worth lakh rupees, and its price is limited to 4,500 rupees in private laboratories, but the Feluda test couldn’t cost it any more in a similar way to using pregnancy test strips that are available over the counter The pressure.
“This strip is similar to a pregnancy test strip and does not require any special skills and machines, as is the case with other PCR-based tests. This stripe only changes color and can be used in a simple pathological laboratory. The most important thing is that it is 100 percent accurate, ”said CSIR Director General Shekhar C. Mande The pressure.
While scientists in other countries like Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have tested this approach, it is the first of its kind to be developed in India.