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Jun 06, 2020
8:14PM

NCL Pune develops indigenous nasopharyngeal swab for collecting samples

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The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pune has successfully developed an indigenous nasopharyngeal (NP) swab for collecting samples from the throat cavity of patients affected with Corona Virus which causes the Covid-19.

The NCL, a lab under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will manufacture one lakh nasopharyngeal swabs a day, a press release issued by the organisation said.

A team of three scientists, Chandrashekhar V Rode, Dr Prakash P Wadgaonkar and Dr Anuya A Nisal worked on the specifications of nasopharyngeal swab polymers and adhesives.

The nasopharyngeal swab is a medical device with stringent specifications of quality, polymer grade, dimensions and sterilization. It consists of a cylindrical plastic stick with a brush-like tip of synthetic bristles/flocks.

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