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ICMR issues advisory for use of Feluda paper strip test

IndiaTimes Friday, 23 October 2020
The paper-strip uses cutting-edge CRISPR gene-editing technology to identify and target the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 in less than an hour. As claimed by the manufacturer, no further RT-PCR based confirmation is required for samples that are confirmed as positive or negative by the CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 test, the advisory issued on Thursday stated.
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Legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee passes away at 85 [Video]

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PM Modi reaches Hyderabad to visit Bharat Biotech plant

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IndiaTimes

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DNA

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IndiaTimes
COVID-19 test first thing for passengers arriving from Delhi, Gujarat at Pune Railway Station [Video]

COVID-19 test first thing for passengers arriving from Delhi, Gujarat at Pune Railway Station

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A mandatory RT-PCR test rule began in Mumbai from November 25 (Wednesday) amid rising cases of coronavirus pandemic. Travellers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat arrived at Mumbai's Dadar Railway Station to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test.

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