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‘1st pan-India COVID viral genome sequencing complete’

IANS

New Delhi

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, here on Saturday, announced the completion of pan-India 1000 genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2.

The sequence data will soon be released in the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) for use by researchers across the
globe.  

The Department of Biotechnology had launched the programme in May to be conducted by autonomous Institutes of DBT, collaborating with national laboratories and clinical organisations. “The information in the database will improve our understanding on how the virus is spreading, ultimately helping to interrupt the transmission chains, prevent new cases of infection and provide impetus to research on intervention measures,” said Vardhan.  

The Minister said the data analysis might bring out some interesting conclusions to help in the fight against Covid-19. 

He also dedicated to the nation the largest network of five Covid-19 bio-repositories established by the Department of Biotechnology. The aim of these bio-repositories is archival of inactivated virus and clinical samples, including naso-oropharyngeal swabs, stool, urine, saliva, serum, plasma and serum.

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