A team of Indian scientists has developed a new technology platform for fluorometric detection of pathogens such as viruses by measurement of fluorescent light emitted. The potential of the new technology has been demonstrated for the detection of Covid-19 virus SARS-CoV-2.

What is technology?

  1. The technology platform can also be used to detect other DNA or RNA pathogens such as HIV, influenza, HCV, Zika, Ebola and other mutating and evolving pathogens.
  2. Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, an autonomous institute of Department of Science & Technology, along with researchers from India Institute of Science have developed a noncanonical nucleic acid-based G-quadruplex (GQ) topology targeted reliable conformational polymorphism (GQ-RCP) platform to diagnose Covid-19 clinical samples, an S&T department statement said.
  3. This RCP-based platform is very general and can be easily adopted for the detection of various DNA/RNA based pathogens.