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IIT-Delhi(India) researchers develop affordable test for CoVid-19

IIT-Delhi(India) researchers develop affordable test for CoVid-19

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  1. ***TLDR :***

    > According to Professor Manoj Menon, the current testing methods available are “probe-based” while the one developed by the IIT team is a “probe-free” method, which reduces the testing cost without compromising on accuracy.

    > “Primer sets targeting unique regions in the spike protein of COVID-19 were designed and tested using real time polymerase chain reaction. The primers designed by the group specifically bind to regions conserved in over 200 fully sequenced COVID-19 genomes. The sensitivity of this in-house assay is comparable to that of commercially available kits” said Parul Gupta and Prashant Pradhan, members of the team.
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    > “This assay can be used as a qualitative (yes or no) assay without the need for extensive instrumentation. In addition, it can also quantitatively assess virus loads. We propose the use of this assay for specific and affordable high throughput screening of COVID 19,” they added.
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    >”Using comparative sequence analysis, we have identified unique regions in COVID-19. These unique regions are not present in other human coronaviruses providing an opportunity to specifically detect COVID-19.”

    >The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune is in the process of validating this test on clinical samples.

  2. Good news. We can use this in poorer countries like african ones.

  3. This is pretty good news. Do tests need peer review or are they directly field tested / deployed?

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