'Feluda': paper strip made in India for rapid and massive testing for Covid-19

NEW DELHI: A (CSIR) lab that developed ‘’, a paper test strip for Covid-19 named after the fictional detective created by Satyajit Ray, teamed up Tuesday with Tata Sons for its deployment and widespread use for rapid mass ground tests later this month.

A completely indigenous scientific invention, 'Feluda' has been designed to mitigate the current situation of Covid-19 and to attend to massive tests. Its main advantages are its affordability, relative ease of use and non-dependence on expensive Q-PCR machines.

The 'Feluda' is developed by the CSIR Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB).

CSIR labs like CSIR-IGIB have been working on deep science and developing cutting edge technology and I am happy to see that the leading industry, TATA Group, is partnering for its deployment. Strong partnership with industry to tackle the novel has been the hallmark of CSIR's strategy in mitigating Covid1-9, said Shekhar C Mande, CEO of CSIR.

Sons CSIR-IGIB and TATA have signed a memorandum of understanding to license knowledge related to the development of a kit for a rapid and accurate diagnosis of Covid-19.

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We are happy to enter into a partnership with IGIB of CSIR for further development and commercialization of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) based technology for Covid-19 detection, said Banmali Agrawala, president, Infrastructure and Defense&Aerospace, Tata Sons.

Speaking about the groundbreaking CRISPR Feluda test, he said, It uses a test protocol that is simple to administer and easy to interpret, allowing the results to be available to the medical fraternity in a relatively shorter time, compared to other test protocols.