At a time when scientists all over the world are working hard to develop vaccines to prevent COVID-19, some researchers at Gujarat’s government lab have achieved a major breakthrough. They have become successful in sequencing the whole genome of the coronavirus COVID-19 at Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC).
The whole genome sequence will play a vital role in tracking origin, drug targets, vaccine and association with virulence.
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Office has heaped praise on the scientists for this unprecedented feat.”Gujarat is proud of scientists at Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC), the only State Govtlaboratory in India that has reported COVID19 whole genome sequence which will be helpful in tracking origin, drug targets, vaccine & association with virulence,” tweeted CMO Gujarat
Genome sequencing is used to determine the complete DNA sequence of the genome of a particular organism. The approach for sequencing the coronavirus genome involves obtaining samples from patients that have tested positive for the deadly virus and sending these samples to a sequencing centre. Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus positive cases in India has crossed the 13,000 mark, according to the Union Health Ministry. More than 400 people have died through the highly infectious virus. The novel coronavirus reported first from China’s Wuhan city in November 2019 has killed over 1,20,000 people globally, including more than 25,000 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.