IIT Kharagpur's low-cost coronavirus testing method COVIRAP gets ICMR assent

A researchers team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur has developed a low-cost portable kit for rapid diagnostics of coronavirus
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Updated: Oct 23, 2020 03:47:51 pm

IIT Kharagpur's low-cost coronavirus testing method COVIRAP gets ICMR assent

23 October 2020 Current Affairs:

A researchers team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur has developed a low-cost portable kit for rapid diagnostics of coronavirus called COVIRAP, which produces results within one hour.

Highlights:
♦ The COVIRAP kit has been approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), and various commercial units have already approached them for technology licensing. The testing facility, can be housed anywhere and does not require an air-conditioned lab.
♦ This new testing method implements a highly reliable and accurate molecular diagnostic procedure, conducted in an ultra-low-cost portable device unit and costs only around Rs.500 per test. The cost of the kit is around Rs.5000, and it is entirely indigenous.  
♦ Each test requires a kit, three master-mixes which are made by the team. After several steps of mixing and heating, an image of the testing strips is grabbed by a smartphone camera of a custom-made mobile application, and a definite result is produced.

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