NUST team develops testing kits for detecting Covid-19
Indigenously made assays will be available at one fourth the price of imported ones
ISLAMABAD: The scientists at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) have successfully established Molecular Diagnostic Assays for the detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.
These testing kits will cost one-fourth the current price for the kits used for detecting the COVID-19.
According to NUSTS, these assays have been developed at a time when the world is in the grip of an unprecedented pandemic novel coronavirus - and scientists and researchers are sparing no effort to ascertain remedies to this incurable disease.
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According to the NUST, the assays include both conventional and real time PCR-based methods of Sybr Green and Taqman.
The testing kits have been efficiently tested on laboratory controls and patient sample.
These indigenously established assays are robust, sensitive to the target, and would soon be available at one fourth the price of imported ones.
The team comprises Associate Professor Dr Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr Ali Zohaib from NUST ASAB, who have been working on establishment of these assays for diagnosis of the pandemic the country is bracing itself for.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2020.