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Apr 12, 2020

CCMB undertakes Genome Sequencing of Coronavirus jointly with IGIB

The Hyderabad based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology of the CSIR is hopeful of coming out with crucial conclusions which are relevant for practical applications relating to Coronavirus. CCMB Director Dr Rakesh K Mishra told AIR Correspondent in an exclusive talk, that the institute has undertaken the Genome Sequencing of Coronavirus jointly with the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB).  

He expressed hope that in next 3-4 weeks the CCMB will be completing several hundreds of isolates and able to reach at some conclusions which will be relevant in practical applications to tackle Coronavirus. Dr Rakesh said over hundred isolates of Coronavirus have been sequenced so far and several hundred isolates will be sequenced in next few weeks. He said genome sequencing will give major understanding about Coronavirus and to know how successful a vaccine or medicine is.

Dr Rakesh, who is a member of the high level advisory committee of Telangana state government, also advised to shift the strategy of Coronavirus testing to anti body-based testing which is cheaper and easy to do. He said pooling of samples will enhance testing capacity by 5 fold. He further said the new strategy, the antibody based testing can be done by a health care worker also.

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