RT-PCR Machine Current Affairs - 2020

Israel isolates key antibody of COVID-19

The Israel Institute of Biological Research has isolated the key COVID-19 antibody. The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed by the institute is reported to neutralize COVID-19 virus inside the infected person. Highlights The scientists believe that the antibody can possibly be the antidote that can be used in the treatment of COVID-19. The antibody is called Read More…

Feluda: COVID-19 test developed by CSIR-IGIB scientists

The IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology) operating under CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) have come up with a COVID-19 test called “Feluda”. Highlights The test has been named after a detective character in the stories of film maker Satyajit Ray. The total time taken by the test to produce results is Read More…

GoI: Rapid Antibody Tests to be used strictly for surveillance

On April 16, 2020, the Government of India announced that the Rapid Antibody tests will strictly be used as surveillance test. Highlights With 5 lakh rapid antibody kits being imported from China, the government has ensured its citizens that they will only be used for surveillance purposes. This will help in formulating protocols for testing. Read More…

Chitra Gene LAMP-N: Diagnostic kit developed by SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram

The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science (SCTIMST), an institute of national importance developed a diagnostic kit. The kit reduces test time by two hours. Why is it better than RT-PCR? The cost of the kit is Rs 1000. The time taken by the kit to examine the samples is half as that of Read More…

DST funds development of Active Virosome Vaccine Production

The Department of Science and Technology operating under Ministry of Science and Technology is to fund Seagull Biosolutions to develop Active Virosome vaccines and immunodiagnostic kits for COVID-19. The kits are expected to reach the market by August 2020. Virosomes A Virosome is a drug that consists of unilamellar phospholipid membrane. This membrane allows the Read More…