India’s New Paper Based Test via FELUDA is going to be a path-breaking approach for ensuring rapid Covid tests.
Inexpensive and reliable strip
- The incarnation of India’s New Paper Based Test for Covid reinforces the capabilities of dexterous Indian scientists.
- Named after the famous Indian fictional detective who had the ability to solve crimes quickly, the FELUDA is the first of its paper-based test strip for Covid-19. This strip would be collaboratively manufactured by Tata CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats).
- This strip functions efficiently and is reported by a leading newspaper that it provides quick results in less than an hour just like pregnancy test.
- Moreover this India’s New Paper Based Test is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr and is available at an affordable price of Rs. 500. This test would supplement the hitherto approved rapid antigen test kit, which brings to fore the positive or the negative test in about 30 minutes and costs around Rs 450.
- The CRISPR technology uses an enzyme functioning as molecular scissors to snip it and in modifying the DNA sequences and gene function.
- As per the latest recycling industry news the India’s drug authority namely the Drugs Controller General of India has given its go-ahead to the commercial induction of this paper-based covid test strip. This test harnesses a specially adapted Cas9 protein for tracing the coronavirus in a successful manner.
- The Delhi-based CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) has empirically tested the strip results on a sample size of about 2,000 patients. These tests were made on the sample population of patients comprising both those who are already affected as well as those who are symptomatic and asymptomatic.
- Other leading counter-part companies and research labs in US and UK are also putting in a great deal of effort or endurance for bringing up such a similar paper-based test strip.
- Sherlock Bioscience is one such US-based company which has made advanced level efforts and progress in this direction. In fact, the paper-based test strip developed by this company has also been permitted for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- In another development that took place in May, the paper-based test strip developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University had also been given the permission for emergency-use the world’s first CRISPR-based test for Covid-19.
Truly in the glooming times of this pandemic, the paper based test strip for covid has lightened the new ray of hope. This will surely boost the morale not only of the “corona warriors” on the medical front but also the general public on “awareness front.”
Have any queries. Please comment below in the comments section.