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IIT-Delhi’s cheaper COVID-19 test method gets ICMR’s approval

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A significantly cheaper method developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to detect COVID-19 has got the approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), officials said on Thursday. The cheaper method is likely to make it affordable for the majority of the population in the country to opt for the COVID-19 test, if required.

IIT Delhi is the first academic institution to have obtained ICMR’s approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay.

“The test method has been approved by ICMR. The assay has been validated at ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100 percent. This makes IITD the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay,” a senior official told a news agency.

Using comparative sequence analysis, the IITD team identified unique regions (short stretches of RNA sequences) in the COVID-19 and SARS COV-2 genome.

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