The RNASwift kit for now, is the only one in Africa and has been fully validated by three independent national agencies.
Akpa who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Abuja listed the three independent national agencies.
According to the director general, NIMR released their full validation report in early June, the kit was sent to them for validation in early May.
“No other RNASwift kits in Africa have yet undergone such extensive validation, hence the RNASwift kit is the only RNA kit in Africa ready for production,’’ Akpa said.
The professor assured that the validations followed appropriate biosafety and diagnostic protocols set by the United States Food and Drugs Administration’s guidelines for diagnostic kits validation emergencies.
On its invention, he disclosed that the RNASwift was developed by Dr Alison Nwokeoji, a Nigerian scientist at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Akpa also hinted that the RNASwift was a diagnostic kit for the extraction of RNA.
Speaking on the attributes of the RNASwift diagnostic kit, he said the RNASwift extraction protocol was a low cost alternative to commercially available extraction.
He said the quality of the RNA extracts from RNASwift was comparable to two commercially available extraction kits in use in Nigeria.
“RNASwift uses less-toxic chemical such as sodium chloride and sodium dodecyl sulphate to lyse cells and isolate the RNA from the abundant cellular components.
“In addition, the extraction protocol of the kit is scalable to automated RNA extraction systems where available,’’ the director general said.
He also said that other attributes and comparable advantages of the RNASwift included cost effectiveness, use of fewer toxic chemicals compared to other commercially available extraction kits.
Edited By: Obike Ukoh (NAN)
- Nollywood: Censors Board, stakeholders hold roundtable on policy for release of films
- Not the right time for me to return to Barca as coach, Xavi says
- Anambra monarchs protest suspension, say “nothing warrants it”
- Edo Election: Ize-Iyamu promises to harness solid minerals in Akoko-Edo
- COVID-19: Commission refunds 2020 Hajj intending pilgrims in Adamawa
- Edo 2020: Crowds at rallies thrill Shaibu
- Board decries increase in maternal, newborn mortality in Plateau
- FG will prosecute destroyers of Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport fence – Minister
- IPAC dissolves interim committee, fixes Sept. 5 for election
- NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery activities Friday to Sunday