Jamia Researchers Develop Saliva-Based At Home COVID-19 Test
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While the Covid-19 cases are shooting up, India’s first RNA extraction-free workflow called Cas13 Associated Saliva-based & Smartphone Integrated Testing (Casspit) was developed by Tanveer Ahmad, Mohan Joshi and Jawed Iqbal of Jamia’s Multidisciplinary Centre for Advance Research and Studies (MCARS), at Jamia Millia Islamia. Its a unique solution to ramp up testing as it gives results within an hour.

The kit allows users to collect their saliva in a tube, add a chemical, heat the components and then use a paper strip to check if they are Covid-positive, where one bad means negative and two means positive. Casspit utilises the most sensitive and specific CRISPR-Cas system for diagnostics.

When tested on more than 100 clinical samples, Casspit data was in 98% agreement with RT-PCR-based data. The users can also use Mi-Sehat app, by clicking picture of paper strip and using artificial intelligence the severity of virus can be known.

The researcher said this is a game-changer in healthcare and diagnostics in India. Casspit will be the first step toward developing home-based testing for covid-19. Casspit doesn’t need instruments or a laboratory for the test.

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https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/now-test-for-covid-19-at-home-with-jamia-kit/79501939
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