Finally, by March 13, to avoid delay, all 52 labs will be able to confirm novel coronavirus cases without sending samples to NIV Pune for confirmation. Similarly, it's time India empowers national labs to undertake whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses/bacteria. The global recognition of the Pune-based National Institute of Virology’s “demonstrated expertise” … Continue reading Soon all 52 labs to confirm COVID-19 cases, but what about sequencing?
Even as 23 countries, including Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia, have shared genome sequence data of the novel coronavirus, India has not. Till date, 159 sequence data of the virus have have deposited by these countries, with China alone posting 65 sequences. China isolated the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from a patient and shared the first whole … Continue reading India yet to share genome sequence data of novel coronavirus even as 23 countries have done so
Published in The Hindu on September 6, 2012 In 2001, scientists thought only 20,000 genes comprising about one per cent of the human genome code for proteins. And the remaining genome was at best considered junk DNA! These were the findings of researchers who completed the Human Genome Project, the blue print of human biology. … Continue reading 80 % of human genome has an active role or function