Tata Sons to help make ‘Feluda’, CSIR’s Satyajit Ray-inspired Covid paper test kit
7th May 2020: Tata Sons has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Council of Scientiﬁc and Industrial Research for the ‘licencing of knowhow’ of a paper test kit for Covid-19, which could make mass testing for the novel coronavirus possible. The kit, developed by CSIR’s constituent lab Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi, is called FNCAS9 Editor Linked Uniform Detection Assay or ‘Feluda’, after the ﬁctional detective created by Bengali ﬁlmmaker and author Satyajit Ray.
A Look at the Most Promising Candidates for a Covid-19 Vaccine
8th May 2020: From the U.S. to China to Germany, scientists are working around the clock to ﬁnd a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. While experts caution that the process will take time—and that it’s not even a sure bet one can be found—some researchers say a vaccine could be ready for emergency use by the end of the year.
Covid-19 vaccine development sees unparalleled progress
8th May 2020: At least seven teams are developing vaccines using the Sars-CoV-2 virus in a weakened or inactivated form, such as those against measles and polio. Sinovac Biotech in Beijing is testing an inactivated form of Sars-CoV-2 in humans.