Feluda- Coronavirus Test

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News:Scientists at the CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) have developed a coronavirus test named Feluda.

Facts:

  • 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.

Additional Facts:

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.