INDICov-Om rt pcr test kit
  • INDICoV-Om kit is the first kit developed by any government institution for the omicron variant.
  • It will make India self-reliant in RT-PCR diagnostics.
  • It will help in detecting omicron variants quickly and cost-effective manner, over genome sequencing for a large population.

Interesting Facts about INDICoV-Om RT-PCR Kit

  • The kit has been made within two months.
  • It is one of the very few specific kits for detecting Omicron in the entire world.
  • It will provide the test results in two hours. It may cost around Rs 150 – Rs 200.
  • It can also be aligned to detect other emerging variants of Covid infection and respiratory infections.

When will the public get access to the Om kit?

  • The kit has been referred to the ICMR-National Institute of Virology (NIV) for validation.
  • Once approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), The kit will be launched by mid-February.

Significance of Om kit

  • Most RT-PCR-based diagnostic kits do not confirm the covid variant causing the infection.
  • Currently, the detection of omicron variants depends on tests like the S-gene dropout or by NGS (Nextgen sequencing) of the whole viral genome.
  • The S-gene drop-out method is not specific and does not pinpoint the type of variant.
  • Also, The NGS method has certain limitations such as expense, turnaround, and the number of centres that can provide such service.
  • The Om diagnostic kit will be used to specifically detect the omicron variant.
  • Its detection will help in the proper diagnosis and treatment of the patient.

Latest News:

  1. The CSIR – CDIR’s scientists have developed an indigenous RT-PCR kit called ‘Om’ for testing the omicron variant.


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  2. DD News

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