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Decoding Feluda: The test that detects Covid-19 quickly, cheaply and easily

Named after Detective Feluda, a character created by filmmaker and writer, Satyajit Ray, the test based on the CRISPR technology is easy to use, gives faster results at a lower cost

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Coronavirus Tests | Coronavirus | Drug Controller General of India

Ruchika Chitravanshi  |  New Delhi 



Coronavirus testing
This test uses an indigenously developed CRISPR technology for detection of the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the commercial launch of ‘Feluda’, the Tata CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) Covid-19 test on Saturday. The new test - Feluda, named after the fictional detective character created by renowned filmmaker and writer Satyajit Ray is said to be easy to use, provides faster results and at a much lower cost than existing Covid tests such as the RT-PCR. We try to find out how this test works and what it means for India’s testing capacity.

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First Published: Mon, September 21 2020. 13:27 IST

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