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March 20, 2021 Saturday 12:20:43 PM IST

Advanced Mobile Diagnostic Lab

Technology Inceptions

Indian Institute of Science in association with Paraxel, State Street and Bharat Benz has designed a mobile diagnostic lab called M4 Nodal Hub. This first-of-its-kind mobile lab is fully equipped with BSL-2+infrastructure and instruments including mini-spins, vortex mixers, centrifuge, pipettes and equipment to carry out RT-PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2. Besides the earlier mobile labs equipped for sample collection and inactivation (M1), RNA extraction (M2), and RT-PCR testing (M3), the M4 Nodal hub is a 20 feet container on a Bharat Benz chassis intended for storage of samples and kits, biomedical waste management and master mix preparation. This unit can also function as an independent testing unit with the recently launched CRISPR FELUDA test by Tata Medical and Diagnostics, and can be used for research and vaccination drives as well.