Paper based “Feluda test” to detect COVID19 in minutes

Paper based “Feluda test” to detect COVID19 in minutes


  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

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  • Date: 19 Apr,2020

Feluda, the investigator specialist will presently recognize in minutes on the off chance that you are contaminated with COVID19.

In the midst of the developing interest for fast test pack for COVID19, another paper-based test strip has been found by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi.

Driven by two Bengali-talking researchers — Debojyoti Chakraborty and Souvik Maiti, the test strip has been named after Feluda, the distinguished analyst character made by notorious producer Satyajit Ray.


The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi is a unit of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Both Maiti and Chakraborty are certain that the straightforward paper-based test strip would lessen expenses of testing for COVID19 in India.

At present, the continuous polymerase chain response test (RT-PCR) costs Rs 4,500 in private labs.

Be that as it may, the Feluda test will be a lot less expensive. It would cost just Rs 500.

Shekhar C. Mande, the Director-General of CSIR disclosed to The Print that the Feluda is as basic as pregnancy test strips.

The Feluda test would not require any particular ability and machines to perform, Mande said.

The Feluda strip will simply change shading, and can be utilized in a basic neurotic lab.

Furthermore, the test is 100 percent exact, Mande stated, including that researchers by and large take a very long time to build up this sort of units. Be that as it may, the IGIB researchers did it in a record time.

He said CSIR is among the three or four nations driving the path in creating it, close by Stanford University and the MIT.

Both Chakraborty and Maiti have been investigating sickle cell iron deficiency throughout the previous two years.

What’s more, when COVID19 brought its head up in China, they began to examination to perceive how transformations happen in the coronavirus, and found the Feluda test strips.

During the most recent two months, they have been working 20 hours per day to create it.

Chakraborty said the test is as speedy and immaculate like Feluda, and that is the manner by which the name came up.

While administrative approval is in process, the IGIB researchers are confident that the innovation move for business creation may begin in hardly any weeks.

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