A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test.
The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr.
Scientists estimate that the kit – called Feluda – would return results in under an hour and cost about $6.75.
Feluda will be made by a leading Indian conglomerate, Tata, and could be the world’s first paper-based covid-19 test available in the market.
They found that the new test had 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity. The accuracy of a test is based on these two proportions.
With more than six million confirmed infections, India has the world’s second-highest Covid-19 caseload. More than 100,000 people in the country have died of the disease so far