Like books and minds, a public health response in the midst of the steadily worsening novel coronavirus pandemic works best when it is open. 

It’s been almost a week since the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex biomedical body on Covid-19 management, approved test kits from private manufacturers to supply real-time PCR testing PCR testing PCR Test Polymerase Chain Reaction tests analyse sequences of genetic material—DNA or RNA. This test is used for detecting several types of diseases.


Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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