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Innovative Patient-Friendly RT-PCR Testing Method developed

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    1st Jun, 2021


Scientists of Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) have developed a 'Saline Gargle RT-PCR Method' for testing COVID-19 samples.

Key points about the test

  • It is simple, fast, cost-effective, patient-friendly and comfortable.
  • It also offers instant results as swab collection method and other methods require time.
  • Sampling is done instantly and results will be generated within 3 hours.
  • The test is well-suited for rural and tribal areas, given minimal infrastructure requirements.
  • The Saline Gargle RT-PCR method is instant, comfortable and patient-friendly.

Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)

  • It is a laboratory technique combining reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • It is primarily used to measure the amount of a specific RNA.
  • This is achieved by monitoring the amplification reaction using fluorescence, a technique called real-time PCR or quantitative PCR (qPCR).