In a crucial time, where Coronavirus pandemic has countries on lock-down, citizens in quarantine, and thousands trapped at the border, young doctors and scientists have dedicated themselves to finding a solution.
Pakistan is also striving to do their part to help curb the virus and help the masses. The scientists at NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) have successfully established Molecular Diagnostic Assays for the detection of Novel Coronavirus.
This was done in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.
Associate Professor Dr Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr Ali Zohaib from NUST ASAB are the brilliant minds that have made this possible.
Scientists at #NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (#ASAB) establish robust & cost effective assays for detection of #SARSCoV2 in collab with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany & @Columbia Uni USA and AFIP RWP. #IamNUSThttps://t.co/deHp85tf6V pic.twitter.com/KwZi8tJUdY
— NUST (@Official_NUST) March 15, 2020
According to the institute’s official website, these indigenous established assays are robust, sensitive to the target, and would soon be available at 1/4th the price of imported ones.
The duo had been working on establishment of these assays for diagnosis of the pandemic the country is bracing itself for.
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