COVID-19 testing: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR Test Method

Published: November 30, 2020

The Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR testing method was recently approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research to test the covid-19 virus. The test was developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) by making a simple variation to the standard RT-PCR method. What is Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR ..

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Mega Scope launched by IIT Alumni Council for personalized health care

Published: November 11, 2020

IIT Alumni Council has launched “MegaScope” for personalized healthcare. MegaScope has been launched to include testing, data analysis and genomics to precisely diagnose infections and to prescribe personalised medicines. Highlights MegaScope will add host genome data mapping along with Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data backbone to the MegaLab initiative. The main aim of MegaScope ..

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CHECK: World’s first CRISPR CaS-9 based diagnostic tool

Published: November 10, 2020

Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (TataMD) have unveiled “TataMD CHECK” which is a novel diagnostic testing for COVID-19. It is the world’s first CRISPR CaS-9 based diagnostic tool and is powered by FELUDA. CRISPR Cas-9 is a technology developed in India by CSIR- IGIB for COVID-19 testing. TataMD is the healthcare venture of Tata Group. ..

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Union Cabinet: MoU signed between India and Israel in Health and Medicine approved

Published: November 4, 2020

On November 4, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Israel in the field of Health and Medicine. Key Highlights The MoU covered the following To exchange and train medical doctors and other professionals To assist in setting up of health care facilities To exchange ..

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EpicVacCorona: Second COVID-19 Vaccine approved by Russia

Published: October 15, 2020

The Russian Authorities have approved a new COVID-19 vaccine called “EpicVacCorona”. It is a two shot vaccine. Key Highlights EpiVacCorona is a peptide-based vaccine. Sputnik V was the first vaccine developed by Russia. Russia is to conduct the vaccine trial of EpicVacCorona on 40,000 volunteers. Clinical Trials The first phase of the vaccine is to ..

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