Published: May 13, 2020 several:50:46 pm
The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) can be developing a low-cost, portable and battery-operated device to test coronavirus, the college said within a statement. According to JNU, the device can complete testing in 50 minutes while it takes 120-180 minutes through the conventional method.
It has designed a chip-based spatial reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) where PCR has been incorporated with an in-built detection system that contains LED and diode detector, the particular university stated.
“The detection of the infection of coronavirus is being majorly done by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCT) by using real-time PCR machine, a very accurate lab test for detection, tracking and study the coronavirus. But this technology is expensive, requires high-end laboratory-based equipment and is time-consuming,” the vice-chancellor said in the tweet.
The advantage of JNU’s approach, claims the VC, may be the small size of the machine, a fraction of the time taken for testing, less price, a portable device and easy training of personnel handling the product.
As per the JNU, the technologies will cost Rs 60,000 in order to Rs 1 lakh as compared to regular real-time PCR which comes in Rs 10-15 lakh. The device has been developed simply by a team led by Jaydeep Bhattacharya from the School associated with Biotechnology at JNU. The model of the device can be expected within 4 months, informed the vice-chancellor in the tweet.
The Biotechnology Market Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the PSU under the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India has allocated the project to the varsity.
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