New Covid 19 test developed by India could be a game changer

Covid-19’s been around for a while now, and people have started to adjust their lives around it. Isolation has most certainly decreased, and scientists have been attempting to find effective ways to combat the virus.

Scientists in India have developed a very inexpensive paper-based test for the Corona Virus which would be able to give results almost immediately without causing any pain to the subject.

The test is called Feluda and is capable of giving the result within an hour at the cost of 500 Indian Rupees (Roughly 7 US Dollars).

The test is being developed by the Indian conglomerate known as Tata. According to Professor K Vijay, “This is a simple, precise, reliable, scalable and frugal test.”

Feluda Test

Researchers at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology tried the test out on 2,000 patients including the ones who had the virus. Turns out, the test had almost perfect accuracy, and there weren’t too many false alarms.

The Feluda test uses Crispr (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) to perform gene-editing. The technology detects the signature of the virus and makes it evident on a paper.

Two blue lines means the test is positive, whereas only one means the subject has tested negative.

The other form of tests for the Corona Virus have proved to be expensive and time-consuming. The Feluda test will allow people to even be able to do the test for the virus within the vicinity of their homes. It’s a game-changer.