A diagnostic test that uses an indigenously developed CRISPR technology to detect the genomic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is set to hit the domestic market.
The Tata CRISPR test, powered by CSIR-IGIB FELUDA, received the Drug Controller General of India’s approval for commercial launch, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines, a note from the Tata Group said, adding that the test met the quality benchmarks with 96 percent sensitivity and 98 percent specificity for detecting the novel coronavirus.
CRISPR is a genome editing technology to diagnose diseases. But the Tata CRISPR test is touted to be the world’s first diagnostic test to deploy a specially adapted Cas9 protein to successfully detect the virus causing Covid-19, the company said. And it had accuracy levels of the traditional RT-PCR (Real Time- Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, with quicker turnaround time, less expensive equipment, and greater ease of use, it