Tata Sons have signed a memorandum of comprehending with the CSIR for the ‘licensing of knowhow’ and help make a paper test kit for COVID-19, named ‘Feluda’, which might make the mass screening.

The kit is created by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi-CSIR’s constituent research facility, and the unit is called FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay or ‘Feluda’, after the fanciful analyst created by Bengali movie producer and creator Satyajit Ray.

The “transfer of the information for scaling up the skill as a unit” will be remembered for the permit, that can be discharged for COVID-19 testing on the ground as right on time as the finish of May.

“We are glad to take part in a joint effort with IGIB-CSIR for extra turn of events and commercialization of CRISPR-based innovation for COVID-19 location,” said Banmali Agrawala, President, Infrastructure and Defense and Aerospace, Tata Sons.

” It uses a test strategy that is easy to do just as extremely simple to examine, causing it workable for results to be made accessible to the clinical brotherhood in generally negligible time, when contrasted with different testings techniques. Our group accepts that CRISPR is a trend setting innovation that can moreover be set up for the discovery of different pathogens in such circumstances”

“CSIR labs like CSIR-IGIB have been taking a shot at profound science just as creating forefront innovation and I am glad to see that the Tata group is working together towards its sending,” said Shekhar Mande, Director General, CSIR.

About ‘Feluda’

This test strip – ‘Feluda’ was invented at CSIR-IGIB by a team led by 2 Bengali-origin researchers – Dr. Souvik Maiti and Dr. Debojyoti Chakraborty.

The testing expenses of COVID-19 can be diminished with this straightforward paper-based test strip – the RT-PCR by and by utilized necessities gear worth lakhs of rupees and furthermore its rate is topped at Rs 4,500 in private labs, nonetheless, the ‘Feluda’ test may cost you just Rs 500.
The kit can be used like pregnancy test strips extensively available.
Mande said, “This strip changes its color to show the results, and can be used in a normal pathological lab. It will be 100% accurate which is the most integral part”.
“Just like Feluda” in Satyajit Ray’s stories and films, the kit would certainly detect the presence of the novel coronavirus in just minutes”, said Dr. Chakraborty.

He included, “For the past two years, we were investigating sickle cell sickliness. We started to probe coronavirus when COVID-19 occurrences moved in China to perceive how oddities happen in the coronavirus. We have been working 20 hrs per day throughout the previous two months to create it”.

The ‘Feluda’ kit uses CRISPR gene-editing technology to obtain outcomes. This technology recognizes specific genetic sequences as well as cuts them in a short time, said Mande and Chakraborty.

Mande stated, “The strip targets and decides the genomic succession of the novel coronavirus in presumed individuals utilizing bleeding-edge quality altering CRISPR-CAS-9 innovation. No other Indian lab is utilizing CRISPR innovation to create COVID-19 test unit”.

“A few other labs have been developing testing kits, yet they are greatly based on PCR technology, which is costly comparatively. Our paper strip does not require any type of ‘level 2’ or ‘level 3’ lab to test, and can be done in any simple pathological laboratory“.