October 1, 2020

Pakistan carries out whole genome sequencing to help combat COVID-19

A department of the University of Karachi has successfully carried out whole genome sequencing to understand the genetics of COVID-19, medically named SARS-CoV-2, to know how coronavirus spreads and behaves.

“Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research, Dr Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, has carried out whole genome sequence of Coranavirus (SARS-CoV-2),” Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry said on Tuesday.

He said that the sequencing was carried out to understand the genetics of this highly contagious virus in Pakistan which was mapped by a team of young scientists under the supervision of Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed with the collaboration of Dow University of Health Sciences.
Dr Iqbal stressed that more genomes from Pakistani coronavirus needs to be examined to understand the full spectrum of genetic variations, and the way the virus is evolving in the country.

“This will be helpful in decision making at national level for the use of future therapies and vaccinations,” he added.

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