The Researchers team claimed that the alternative test method is notbased on the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction – the method currently being used for Coronavirus testing.
The COVID19 test kit has been developed at a cost of $7 and it can be reduced upto $4 when takes to mass production, they said.
While a patent has been filled for the COVID19 test kit, the researchers team has conducted clinical trials at ESIC medical college and Hospital in Hyderabad and sought an approval from the ICMR.
We have developed a COVID19 testing kit which can deliver the results within 20 minutes for asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. The uniqueness of this COVID19 test kit is that it functions sans the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction, Shiv Govind Singh, the professor at IIT HYderabad told PTI.
Singh also added, the low cost COVID19 test kit is easy to carry around and tests can be done within point of care. The testing method used in this test kit is an alternative to the currently used method. We identified a unique sequence of conserved regions of Coronavirus genome.