Kerala institute evolved diagnostic kit for Covid-19

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The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), here has made a diagnostic test kit (Chitra GeneLAMP-N) which is highly probatory for the diagnosis of COVID-19 and detects the N Gene of SARS-CoV-2 using alter transcriptase loop-mediated amplification of viral nucleic acid (RT-LAMP).

SCTIMST is an Institute of national importance, under the Department of Science and Technology. This new kit has been announced to be one of the first few confirmatory diagnostic test for N gene of SARS-CoV-2 using the RT-LAMP technique.As per the institute, this test kit is highly specific for SARS-CoV-2 N-gene can identify two regions of the gene which will assure that the test does not fail even if one region of the viral gene undergoes mutation during its current spread.

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