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Feluda test for Covid-19

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    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    13th Oct, 2020

  • Feluda is the acronym for FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay.
  • It is an accurate and low-cost paper-based test strip to detect Covid-19 in less than 30 minutes.
  • It has been approved for commercial launch by the Drugs Controller General of India.
  • Developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Tata Group.
  • It uses indigenously developed CRISPR gene-editing technology to identify and target the genetic material of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
  • Significance:According to CSIR, the test matches accuracy levels of RT-PCR tests.
  • It has a quicker turnaround time and requires less expensive equipment.
  • ‘Feluda’ is also the world’s first diagnostic test to deploy a specially adapted Cas9 protein to successfully detect the virus.