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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology is also planning to culture the Coronavirus

New Delhi: Amidst the fear of Coronavirus, 137 crore Indians have been confined to their homes. Fear of catching deadly bug is very high and to keep its’ citizen safe Union government clamped complete lockdown. Despite all-out efforts, cases of coronavirus are adding with each day, but in the middle of fear and desperation there is good news as the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is likely to come up with “cost-effective and accurate diagnostic kits for wide distribution.”

“We are helping our incubating companies; they have come out with ideas and we are supporting them. We are testing and validating the diagnostic kits proposed by them. We may come up with some good kits and it may take at least 2-3 weeks if everything goes well. Quality and accuracy of the kits are the most important things. If the kits give 100 percent results, then only they will be approved,” said Dr R K Mishra, Director, CCMB.

The organisation is also keeping in mind the cost. “Our estimate is that the test should be less than 1000 rupees. We are also thinking of kits which are as cheap as 400-500 rupees, but at present we cannot assure that, as it is a different route and all this needs more standardisation”, said Dr Mishra.

Further, CCMB is also planning to culture the killer Coronavirus. Dr Mishra said that the institution has facilities for this and they have got the approvals from the government too, they are yet to receive sample and kits to initiate the culture. “In the meantime, our facilities are set and we are actually training people who are going for the testing in other recognised places in the city” he said. 

There are 5 government designated testing centres in Telangana state. CCMB has trained 25 people so that they can go and do the testing in these centres.

Some of the labs where the Coronavirus testing will be done include Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hydrabad, Gandhi Hospital, Osmania General Hospital, Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical and Communicable Diseases or the Fever Hospital and the Warangal Hospital. The Centre for DNA Finger Printing and Diagnostics (CDFD) is also likely to be added to this group.

Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) is working for repurposing of drugs as making a new drug is a long-term process.