A researcher tests coronavirus diagnostic kit called Qirani-19 at the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) laboratory, in Serpong, Banten on August 31, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

LIPI Develops Covid-19 Diagnostic Tool that Works Faster

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

SEPTEMBER 01, 2020

Banten. The Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) is developing a detection kit for coronavirus it claims has the accuracy level of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, the most common method to diagnose Covid-19. 

The institute said on Monday the diagnostic tool, called “Qirani-19”, can deliver result in less than one hour in a simpler, more sensitive and more efficient method than the PCR test.

It applies the reverse transcription loop‐mediated isothermal amplification (RT‐LAMP) -- a molecular-based detection technique -- to test a throat swab sample and the result is shown by a change in color of the mixture inside the tube. 

LIPI is not the first to develop this method. In April, a group of Chinese scientists published an article on the use of RT-LAMP method to diagnose coronavirus with colorimetric and fluorescent readings.

Apart from the coronavirus diagnostic tool, LIPI’s laboratory in Serpong, Banten, is also developing air purification machine to get rid of airborne bacteria and coronavirus in a room.

The air purifier is jointly developed by LIPI's Metallurgy and Materials Research Center, tech company Nanobubble Karya Indonesia and the Jakarta Regional Research Council.

The inventor, Professor Nurul Taufiqu Rochman, said the box-shaped machine is designed to prevent the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses and has the potential to neutralize the novel coronavirus during closed-door gatherings. The technology can be applied in offices, hospital wards and isolation rooms.

 

LIPI researcher puts a COVID-19 synthesis virus to  QIRANI 19, the COVID-19 virus detection kit at LIPI chemical laboratory, in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten on Monday (31/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A LIPI researcher uses pipette to drop synthetic gen of coronavirus to get reaction of the diagnostic mixture called Qirani-19. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
LIPI researchers conduct a daily test on the lab at LIPI chemical laboratory, in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten on Monday (31/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two LIPI researchers examine data on a computer screen. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A LIPI researcher observes a sediment inside QIRANI 19, the COVID-19 virus detection kit at LIPI chemical laboratory, in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten on Monday (31/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A researcher observes the mixture in Qirani-19 tubes, a diagnostic tool for coronavirus being developed by LIPI. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
QIRANI 19, the COVID-19 virus detection kit are seen at LIPI chemical laboratory, in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten on Monday (31/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Boxes of coronavirus diagnostic kit called Qirani-19 are seen at the LIPI laboratory, in Serpong, Banten. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
LIPI researcher Nurul Taufiqu Rochman shows a prototype of COVID-19 air purifier at LIPI
LIPI researcher Nurul Taufiqu Rochman, left, shows the prototype of air purifier machine designed to neutralize air-borne bacteria and viruses. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A LIPI researcher shows the algorithm inside Airborne nano - Trapping for Anti COVID Treatment) or ATTACT at LIPI
A researcher shows the design of the air purifier machine on his computer screen at LIPI's Metallurgy and Materials Research Center in Serpong, Banten. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
LIPI researcher Nurul Taufiqu Rochman checks a condition indicator in his invention of ATTACT, a COVID-19 air purifier at LIPI
LIPI researcher Nurul Taufiqu Rochman checks indicators in his air purifier machine. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A LIPI researcher shows how the ATTACT works at LIPI
A LIPI researcher shows how the air purifier machine works. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
LIPI researcher Nurul Taufiqu Rochman poses with ATTACT machine, COVID-19 air purifier at LIPI
Nurul Taufiqu Rochman, the inventor of the air purifier machine, poses with his machine at LIPI's Metallurgy and Materials Research Center in Serpong, Banten. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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