Pune-based National Institute of Virology, an institution under the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s nodal health research body, sent the first two data sets to an open database shared by researchers globally.
Labs, largely from China, the United States and the Netherlands, have so far contributed just over 1,100 samples to the database, which researchers across the world can use to analyse and work on tests, vaccines and drugs to combat the pandemic.
In India, the first set of genome data — detailing the complete DNA of the virus – came from individuals in Kerala who had contracted the virus.
“The volume of the sample and the concentration of the virus play a crucial role during the sequencing of the virus genome. In some samples that we received, there was less virus concentration and in case of clinical samples, sometimes the volume was less. These were some of the challenges,” says Professor Priya Abraham, Director of the National Institute of Virology.
The SARS-CoV2 genome, as it is formally known, has about 30,000 base pairs, somewhat like a long string with 30,000 plac ..
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