The Ganga River has been declared Covid free. The discovering bears significance within the backdrop of the truth that BSIP scientists had earlier discovered traces of the SARS-CoV2 virus within the water of Gomti river in Lucknow.
After a two-month analysis by medical and genetic consultants of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, it has been discovered that the Ganga river has no hint of the pandemic inflicting coronavirus.
BSIP scientist Niraj Rai, who heads the Covid Lab on the institute, stated: “Our team extracted RNA and performed an RT-PCR test for all the samples with a true positive and negative sample. Surprisingly, none of the samples collected from the Ganga showed any trace of the viral RNA. However, samples collected from river Gomti did show the presence of viral RNA.”
RNA (RiboNucleic acid) extraction is the purification of RNA from organic samples. This process is difficult by the ever present presence of ribonuclease enzymes in cells and tissues, which might quickly degrade RNA.
Prof Gyaneshwar Chaubey of the division of zoology, BHU, stated: “A joint team of BHU and BSIP investigated possible presence of the coronavirus in the Ganga as many experts had expressed contrasting views after human bodies were found floating in the river during May 2021.”
He stated that to analyze doable traces of the virus within the Ganga, the crew collected two samples each week for seven weeks from Varanasi metropolis, starting May 15 to July 3. The pattern accumulating level in addition to the method to check the pattern was the identical each time.
He said that his crew had discovered presence of the virus within the Gomti water even after the therapy of sewage water at two sewage therapy crops (STPs) of Lucknow.
“The virus was found in Gomti last year (September 2020) as well as this year (May 21),” he added.
The discovering is additionally vital because it has been performed amid apprehension that water of river Ganga might have been contaminated after a number of our bodies have been discovered floating in rivers Ganga and Yamuna. Numerous our bodies have been additionally buried on their banks through the peak of the pandemic.
Prof VN Mishra of the BHU’s division of neurosciences, one of many key contributors of this examine, stated: “The finding implies that Ganga water has some exceptional property due to some natural ‘phage viruses’ present in the water. We are exploring more to understand this phenomenon.”