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COVID-19: Reliance develops RT-PCR kit that can give test results in 2 hrs

RT-PCR kit

Reliance Life Sciences has developed an RT-PCR kit which can detect Corona infection in mere 2 hour in contract to presently used COVID-19 RT-PCR test kit, which takes up to 24 hours for diagnosis, a company sources said.

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The sources said computational biologists at Reliance Life Sciences, a subsidiary of billionaire Mukesh Ambani-run Reliance Industries, analysed more than 100 genomes of SARS-CoV-2 sequenced in India and designed unique RT-PCR primers for developing quantitative-Real Time PCR (RT-PCR) kit for COVID-19 detection, a PTI report said.

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RT-PCR kit is so far considered as Gold standard. The kit, developed by scientists at Reliance Life Sciences, is named R-Green Kit (SARS COV2-real-time PCR) and has been technically validated by ICMR for satisfactory performance, the sources said.

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ICMR’s validation process does not approve/disapprove the kit design as well as it does not certify user-friendliness. The sources said the kit can detect the presence of E-gene, R-gene, RdRp gene of SARS COV2 virus with Actin as an internal control.

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