Nano-Silica for RNA Extraction from Viruses
RNA extraction is the first step to perform a coronavirus test. Researchers at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, studied dendritic fibrous nanosilica (DFNS) for RNA extraction from cells. It was shown that RNA from the cells could be extracted by DFNS with higher or equivalent efficiency than commercially available silica. This study has the potential to initiate the development and commercialization of indigenous DFNS based kits for RNA extraction.