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NCBS, DBT-inStem develop accurate, inexpensive alternative to RT-PCR test for COVID-19

Efficient detection of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been a question on the minds of many researchers worldwide since early 2020. NCBS researcher Dr Arati Ramesh, along with Dr Akash Gulyani from the University of Hyderabad, sought to tackle the pressing need for a rapid, accurate, and inexpensive testing method. A team of students from NCBS and DBT-inStem joined their efforts to create PHANTOM (PHAsed NASBA-Translation Optical Method). PHANTOM provides a direct and ultrasensitive test that is both a powerful and an easily accessible strategy to detect a COVID-19 infection. 

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