Innovations in Biotechnology and Medical Sciences

India’s first indigenous Bio-Sample Collection Kit: mWRAPR

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : mWRAPR

Mains level : NA

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) led start-up has launched mWRAPR, a biological transport and storage medium for genomic sequencing labs, biobanks, and research labs handling biological samples for molecular analysis.

mWRAPR

  • It is India’s first indigenous bio-sample kit, a biological transport and storage medium.
  • It would help in preserving genetic content in all types of biological samples, including microbiomes, saliva, cells, tissues, blood, body fluids, and fecal tubes.
  • It is the only Molecular Transport Medium to be manufactured in India that competes with sample stabilisation and transporting media of notable foreign brands.

Significance

  • The disruptions in global supply chain limits accessibility to materials for molecular diagnostics.
  • India required to move to molecular tests (PCR/ RT-PCR test), but sample collection kits currently used were very cheap and not of molecular grade.
  • RNA WRAPR is the kind of molecular grade sample collection medium that India needs right now.

 

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