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    C, Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial and Herpes Viruses, using in-vitro assays. An Indian patent has been filed and is under review.
Many Thraustochytrids can be grown rapidly in bioreactors to yield high biomass and yields of EPS, making the product highly inexpensive. Researchers in the Institute have successfully grown a strain of Thraustochytrids in pilot scale 20L Fermenter at RGCB-Bionest, Kochi and have been able to extract considerable amount of EPS.
In-vitro studies followed by complete chemical characterization to identify active moieties are planned.These polysaccharides can be developed as a nasal spray to prevent COVID-19 infection to protect medical workers as well as individuals at risk of being exposed. Further toxicity studies in animal models are planned to develop it as a broad-spectrum oral drug and nasal spray.
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DBT-IBSD distributes sanitizers, facemasks to quarantine
centres and frontline workers in Manipur
The DBT’s Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (DBT-IBSD) has distributed locally made hand sanitizers, bottled drinking water, 3-layered masks and face shields to different COVID-19 Community Quarantine Centres (CQCs) and other frontliners in Imphal West.The initiative of free distribution of the above items was taken by DBT-IBSD to help
Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development
meet the shortage of supplies faced due to the sudden influx of stranded returnees. The items were distributed to CQCs of Johnstone Higher Secondary School, Manipur College, Pishumthong, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Khumbong, Imphal West Police, Singjamei PS and Patsoi PS.The locally made face shields and hand sanitizers were distributed to Primary Health Centre (PHC), Khumbong. IBSD had also earlier lent one Real-Time-PCR to JNIMS and other consumables for testing COVID-19 to State Health Department. One RT-PCR and RNA Extraction equipment was also lent to RIMS. Moreover, IBSD also distributed hand sanitizers to few media persons, police and sanitary workers of Imphal Municipal Council, just before the announcement of the lockdown.
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