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Feluda: A faster way of testing Covid-19

There is a new test named ‘Feluda’ which has become the talk of the town in India and will soon flood the markets. Not only is it said to be more cost-effective, but has also been indigenously developed. It will soon be used in many metropolitan cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad and Chennai. The name has been taken from a fictional character created by Satyajit Ray called ‘Feluda’. The acronym of the vaccine is based on FNCas9 Editor-Limited Uniform Detection Assay.
The most striking advantage of this paper strip test is that it gives results in less than an hour and is, therefore, a better option over other testing methods like gold standard RT-PCR tests. Pricing of this test has not been declared yet. The test will be launched by the TATA Company. It was approved by Drug Controller of India (DCGI) in September. Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that Feluda has shown 98 percent specificity in declaring the novel coronavirus. The test is based on CRISPR (Clustered regularly Interspace Short Palindromic Repeats) which is a genome editing technology.
According to reports, the test will soon be available in Apollo hospitals and TATA Medical and Diagnostics. This test has been a great development as it will make the testing process stringent, faster and is reliable to look forward to.