Q. With reference to the saline gargle RT-PCR technique, consider the following statements:
1. It is an entirely non-invasive technique.
2. It has been developed by National Institute of Virology.
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
Notes:
  • Statement 1 is correct: The method is non-invasive and simple enough for a patient to collect his/her own sample for testing. A simple collection tube filled with a saline solution is used. The patient gargles with the solution and rinses it inside the tube. 
  • Statement 2 is incorrect: it has been developed by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). 

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