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ICMR approves dry swab RT-PCR method for COVID-19 detection

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New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research has approved the simple and fast method of dry swab-direct RT-PCR, which has been developed by CSIRs constituent lab Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, in order to augment COVID-19 detection.

This method represents a simple variation of the existing RT-PCR method and can easily scale up the testing by two to three times, with no new investment of resources. Following the evaluation of the method and noting an overall concordance of 96.9%, the ICMR issued an advisory for the use of CSIR-CCMB dry swab method, considering it is less costly and has quick turn-around time… (ET Healthworld – IANS, November 28, 2020)

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