niab developed ecovsens

National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) Developed eCovSens

Share This:

National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) Developed eCovSens

Why in News?

The scientists from National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Hyderabad, Telangana developed a biosensor called the eCovSens

What is the use of this sensor?

The sensor is used to detect COVID-19 virus in saliva samples

    • How the Sensor works?

      The electrode of the device is coated with the antibody of COVID-19 virus

    • When the saliva sample of the infected person is put in the device, it gets applied to the electrode
    • A reaction then occurs between the antibody in the electrode and the antigen in the saliva
    • The reaction creates an electric flow that confirms the presence of the virus

National Institute of Animal Biotechnology

    • The National Institute of Animal Biotechnology was established in 2010
    • It was established by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology
    • The institute aims to provide translational research that involves livestock and beneficial to mankind

Notable Points

    • The researchers from NIAB developed non-invasive bio-sensor testing device called eCovSens to detect COVID-19
    • The lens can help detect COVID-19 virus within 10 to 30 seconds of testing

What is the importance of this?

    • The Government of India is currently facing various challenges such as shortage of testing kits, lack of adequate testing, etc
    • Several states had complained that the rapid antibody test kits imported from China were faulty
    • Therefore, implementing these technologies in larger scale will help solve the challenges faced by the Government

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: