1. The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) is developing a low-cost, portable and battery-operated device to test coronavirus.
2. The device can complete testing in 50 minutes while it takes 120-180 minutes through the conventional method.
3. It has designed a chip-based spatial reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) where PCR has been integrated with an in-built detection system containing LED and diode detector.
4. As per the JNU, the technology will cost Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh as compared to conventional real-time PCR which comes at Rs 10-15 lakh.
5. The device is being developed by a team led by Jaydeep Bhattacharya from the School of Biotechnology at JNU.