IGIB uses mass spectrometer for coronavirus detection

IGIB researchers have been able to detect novel coronavirus using mass spectrometer. The detection is based on the presence of two unique peptides of the virus. Sensitivity is 95% and specificity is 100% and takes less than 30 minutes from sample preparation to testing. Using mass spectrometer, researchers at the Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and … Continue reading IGIB uses mass spectrometer for coronavirus detection

With over 900 COVID-19 deaths per day for over a week, India crosses 50,000 toll

If speed, low cost and constraints of molecular testing capacity are the reasons why many States have embraced rapid antigen testing, the test has low sensitivity. Yale University's saliva test, which was granted emergency use authorisation by FDA, is a rapid, inexpensive, non-invasive and highly sensitive test. India will gain much by adopting the saliva … Continue reading With over 900 COVID-19 deaths per day for over a week, India crosses 50,000 toll

FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for coronavirus

A rapid, inexpensive saliva test developed by Yale School of Public Health in partnership with NBA has high sensitivity. The testing protocol has been made available through “open source”. The SalivaDirect test does not use any preservative at time of collection, uses commonly available reagents, and does not need equipment for nucleic acid extraction. In … Continue reading FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for coronavirus

Probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi to be launched tomorrow

A low-cost, probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi will be launched tomorrow (July 15). The assay does not require a probe as it uses a fluorescent dye. The results will be known immediately. A probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will be launched tomorrow. The … Continue reading Probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi to be launched tomorrow

Aptamer-based assay developed for coronavirus detection

Researchers from the Faridabad-based Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) have developed an Aptamer-based assay for novel coronavirus detection. The assay has 90% sensitivity and 99% specificity. Technology has been transferred to Molbio Diagnostics Pvt Limited, Goa for scale-up. Researchers from the Faridabad-based Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) have developed an Aptamer … Continue reading Aptamer-based assay developed for coronavirus detection

Soon all 52 labs to confirm COVID-19 cases, but what about sequencing?

Finally, by March 13, to avoid delay, all 52 labs will be able to confirm novel coronavirus cases without sending samples to NIV Pune for confirmation. Similarly, it's time India empowers national labs to undertake whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses/bacteria. The global recognition of the Pune-based National Institute of Virology’s “demonstrated expertise” … Continue reading Soon all 52 labs to confirm COVID-19 cases, but what about sequencing?

TB diagnostic test developed in India has high diagnostic accuracy, says WHO

Truenat, a molecular test to diagnose pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB and rifampicin-resistant TB, has high diagnostic accuracy, says WHO. Truenat was developed in India. It can be used as an initial and point-of-care tool for diagnosing TB at primary, community health centres. In a Rapid Communication published on January 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) … Continue reading TB diagnostic test developed in India has high diagnostic accuracy, says WHO

Potential biomarkers for glioma brain tumour found in blood

Researchers have found potential gene biomarkers that can be used for prognosis and early diagnosis of primary brain tumour glioblastoma. The biomarkers can also indicate the chances of survival of patients with glioma. Researchers have found potential gene biomarkers that can be used for prognosis and early diagnosis of the most aggressive form of primary … Continue reading Potential biomarkers for glioma brain tumour found in blood

Delhi team fabricates a sensor to detect drug-resistant leukaemia

A highly sensitive carbon nanotube-based sensor capable of detecting multidrug-resistant myeloid leukemia cells even when present at very low concentration of 10 cells per ml has been fabricated by Delhi-based researchers. Using chemical vapour deposition technique, the team led by Prof. S.S. Islam from the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Jamia Millia Islamia … Continue reading Delhi team fabricates a sensor to detect drug-resistant leukaemia

Cheap, filter-based kits developed for TB diagnosis, drug-resistance testing

Three cheap, filter-based kits developed by a multi-institutional team and an industry partner improves the sensitivity of LED fluorescence microscopy by 5%, enable transport of sputum samples at ambient conditions without bio-safe containers and TB drug-resistance testing using molecular methods. To address the TB diagnostic challenges, a multi-institutional team has developed three cost-effective kits that … Continue reading Cheap, filter-based kits developed for TB diagnosis, drug-resistance testing