There is a plan to decode the genome sequences of 100 samples
The Dhaka University (DU) team initially decoded the genome sequence of five samples of Sars-CoV-2 – a new strain of coronavirus.
Dr Sharif Akhtaruzzaman, professor of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at DU and chief of the Corona Response Technical Committee of the university made this announcement via a press release.
The analyzed data has been submitted to and accepted by the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) managed by the Germany-based Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the press release added.
The project was taken up on May 14 for the genome sequencing of Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19.
Alumni of the DU Biochemistry And Molecular Biology Department across the globe have promised to bear the expenses of the initial stage of the decoding of 100 samples of the virus.
“Step by step 100 genomes will be decoded after obtaining necessary funds,” said the press release on Saturday.
The press release said that it is necessary to sequence a huge number of samples to know the condition of mutation for a better understanding of the virus so that necessary measures can be taken to tackle the spread of the virus in the country.
The sequencing process is going on in the laboratories of three departments: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and Microbiology under the Biological Science Faculty and another laboratory of the Centre for Advanced Research in Science (CARS).