News:Scientists at the CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) have developed a coronavirus test named Feluda.
- Feluda is a low cost paper strip test which can detect the presence of coronavirus within an hour.
- It uses the gene editing tool CRISPR-CAS9 to target and identify the genome sequences of the novel coronavirus in the samples of suspected individuals.
CRISPR-Cas9(Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats):
- It is a tool used for gene editing.The technique involves a DNA cutting enzyme and a small tag which tells the enzyme where to cut.
- Cas9 stands for CRISPR-associated protein 9 and is the nuclease part that cuts the DNA.