Rs 500 “Feluda” test for COVID-19 approved by India

Feluda test is developed by CRISPR gene technology to identify the virus that causes COVID-19. This Rs 500 Feluda test is a paper based test which has a strip and releases the test of COVID-19 within 30 minutes. This test has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India. This was developed at a time when an average of 10 lakh test was conducted in India by a research team led by Debojyoti Chakraborty , Souvik Maiti, CSIR and Tata Group.

The name Feluda comes from the acronym “FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay”. According to CSIR, the test matches accuracy level of RT-PCR tests.

How does the test work?

It is similar to the pregnancy test strip that will change colour upon detection of the virus.

The cost of the test would be reliable as it might cost Rs 500 -600.

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