RT-LAMP kits soon for COVID-19 diagnosis: HM

RT-LAMP test is rapid, accurate and cost effective that can be done with indigenous components and set up with minimal expertise and instrumentation.

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu, a constituent lab of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is to develop and scale up a new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) based COVID-19 diagnostic kit.

The lab has partnered with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the venture. Taking it to Twitter, the Minister said: “CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu a constituent lab of @CSIR_IND has partnered with RIL to develop & scale-up a new Reverse Transcriptase-Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (RT-LAMP) based #COVID19 diagnostic kit.”

The Minister also said that the RT-LAMP test is rapid, accurate and cost effective that can be done with indigenous components and set up with minimal expertise and instrumentation.

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India is constantly ramping up its testing infrastructure, along with indegenous development, validation and production of testing kits for RT-PCR in order to have early and aggressive tracing of the infection by validating TrueNat-based test for COVID-19 and including alternative testing platforms like CBNAAT/GeneXpert and Abott HIV viral load testing machines.

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