30 new Covid-19 strains identified in Sylhet
Published: 11:44 AM, 6 January 2021
Researchers at the Department of Genetics Engineering and Biotechnology at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology have claimed that 30 new strains of coronaviruses (Covid-19) have been identified in Sylhet. Of these, 6 strains have been identified in Bangladesh only and the remaining 24 strains have matched with other countries of the world.
They made the claim at a press conference in the Vice Chancellor’s conference room in the university on Tuesday afternoon.
G.M. Nurnabi Azad Jewel, a lecturer in the GEB department of the university, a member of the research team, said, “We collect coronavirus samples from different areas of Sylhet division and sequence the genome. From there, we found a new strain in the genome of the coronavirus (Genome: 27862: Del: ATCAT) that had never been identified in the world.
Besides, 47 strains in the protein label identified by analyzing the genes of 10 samples of Covid in Sunamganj and Habiganj. Of these - 30 strains are brand new in Bangladesh, he said.
G.M. Nurnabi added that the SUST’s GEB department is conducting research to unveil the nature and diversity of coronavirus in Bangladesh. “Through these studies, we will understand which vaccine will be effective in our country. We can do a design in advance as per that,” he said.
Presided over SUST Vice Chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, Treasurer Professor Dr. Anwarul Islam, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences Dr. SM Abu Sayem, Head of the GEB Department Dr. Shamsul Haque Pradhan, Ph.D. Research Fellow Nazmul Hasan and others were present.
Speaking on the occasion, SUST VC Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed said, “We are launching COVID Identification Lab with the university’s own funds. We are also conducting research on the nature and spread of coronavirus, which is a unique achievement of our researchers.”