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Lab launched at Delhi airport for faster diagnosis of new mutant of coronavirus

SpiceHealth and CSIR-IGIB has launched a genome sequencing laboratory at the Delhi airport with the intent to ensure fast action against new variants of coronavirus that have recently emerged. If a person tests COVID positive as a result of the RT-PCR test on arrival at the Delhi airport, he or she will be sent to the new genome sequencing lab for further testing.

In the lab, the chemical structure of the virus sample is analysed to find out whether it is different from other strands of the virus that have been already detected, and if yes, then further analysis on how is it different from others will be carried out. This fast detection can lead to quicker action and significantly help in controlling the spread.

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