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COVID-19 genome sequence for first time in Bangladesh

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:42 PM, 12 May 2020  

Genome sequence of COVID-19

Genome sequence of COVID-19

For the first time in Bangladesh, the genome sequence of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been done by the Child Research Health Foundation, the organization said in a statement on Tuesday, saying “researchers will be able to determine the nature of the virus through this genome sequence.”

The word ‘genome’ was first used by Hans Winkler, a professor of botany at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He coined the term genome by combining two words, ‘gene’ and ‘chromosome’. 

Simply put, the genome of an organism refers to the sum of all its genetic information, encoded in its DNA. And the only way to know the complete information of this genome is called ‘genome sequencing’.

The first coronavirus death was reported in the country on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases. 

All government and non-government offices were declared shut down from March 26 to curb the spread of the virus, however, the nationwide shutdown extended several times, which is still ongoing till May 16 in the sixth phase. In the meantime, the Ministry of Public Administration hinted to extend the shutdown till Eid.

Source: Somoy TV

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