A team from NUST successfully develops COVID-19 testing kits, available in one-fourth of the current price

The NUST said that 'the assays include both conventional and real-time PCR-based methods of Sybr Green and Taqman.'

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In a brilliant development, a team from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) has successfully developed testing kits for COVID-19. The Molecular Diagnostic Assays have been developed in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.

The team consists of Associate Professor Dr Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr Ali Zohaib from NUST ASAB. They have been working tirelessly to create these assays for diagnosis of COVID-19 as Pakistan’s tally keeps increasing.

The testing kits will be available at a price one-fourth lesser than the ones that are currently available. The NUST said that ‘the assays include both conventional and real-time PCR-based methods of Sybr Green and Taqman.’

The newly-developed testing kits have been successfully tested on laboratory controls and patient sample. These kits are efficient, accurate, robust and will soon be available in the market at a drastically low rate compared to the imported ones.

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