CSIR-IGIB scientists developed a test Feluda against COVID-19

CSIR-IGIB scientists developed a test Feluda against COVID-19

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Feluda Test against COVID-19
CSIR-IGIB scientists developed a test Feluda against COVID-19

Why in News?

The IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology) operating under CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) developed a test called “Feluda” to fight against COVID-19

What is Feluda test?

    • Feluda test is a detective character name in the stories of film maker Satyajit Ray

How the Feluda test is helpful in fighting COVID-19?

    • Here it is a unique feature that it takes only 1 hour to get the results

Significance of the test?

    • The test works as the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

What is the process in finding the result?

    • It is the extraction of RNA (Ribo Nucleic Acid) and converting into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
    • The highly specific FnCAS9 and CRISPR binds to the sequence.
    • These binding agents then give positivity or negativity results based on the presence of COVID-19.

What are the advantages of RT-PCR test?

    • In RT-PCR tests, primers and probes are used to convert RNA to DNA
    • They amplify the presence of viral nucleic acid.

What are the disadvantages of RT-PCR test?

    • RT-PCR machines are expensive

Advantages of Feluda test over RT-PCR test?

    • Feluda test is cheaper
    • Feluda test is feasible

Source: IT

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