‘Feluda’: Tata group to launch India's first Paper-Strip COV
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Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the commercial launch of ‘Feluda‘ COVID-19 test. The test is developed by the Tata Group and CSIR-IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology). This is said to be India’s first Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) coronavirus test.

A team led by Dr. Souvik Maiti and Dr. Debojyoti Chakraborty, at CSIR-IGIB in Delhi, came up with this simple ‘ paper strip COVID-19 test’, that gives result in minutes. Moreover, these scientists named it after Satyajit Ray’s famous story character, Feluda.

How Feluda COVID-19 Test Works?

The Feluda COVID-19 test mainly uses an indigenously-developed CRISPR technology for the detection of the genomic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, CRISPR prominently is a genome editing tech for the diagnosis of diseases.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Tata CRISPR test, powered by CSIR-IGIB, received regulatory approvals as per ICMR guidelines. The test meets high-quality benchmarks with 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity for detecting the novel coronavirus.

Key Features of this paper-strip Test:

~ Uses indigenously-developed CRISPR technology
~ Meet high-quality benchmarks with 96% sensitivity
~ 98% specificity for detecting the coronavirus
~ Achieves accuracy levels of traditional RT-PCR tests
~ Quick turnaround time
~ Less expensive
~ Completely ‘Made in India’

This Paper-strip Covid-19 Test could cost just about Rs 500, which is much less than Rs 4,500 for RT-PCR. Meanwhile, CSIR Director-General Shekhar C Mande comments that this strip will be similar to a pregnancy test strip.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.news18.com/amp/news/buzz/indias-first-paper-strip-covid-19-test-named-after-satyajit-rays-feluda-all-you-need-to-know-2892239.html
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