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DU scientists complete genome sequencing of COVID-19

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:08 PM, 23 May 2020   Updated: 08:44 PM, 23 May 2020

DU scientists complete genome sequencing of COVID-19

DU scientists complete genome sequencing of COVID-19

A team from Dhaka University has successfully completed the genome sequencing of the five coronaviruses in Bangladesh.

This was informed in a notification signed by Professor Sharif Akhtaruzzaman, Dhaka University Coronavirus Response Technical Committee convener on Saturday.

The sequence data was taken from the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, an international database of influenza viruses. Earlier, this genome sequencing was done in the Covid-19 lab set up at the university's higher science research centre.

This has been done as part of the project undertaken by the concerned researchers and experts of the Faculty of Biology, the University of Dhaka for extensive genome sequencing of coronavirus.

Experts say the genome sequencing of 100 more viruses will be done in stages, subject to the necessary funding. Then people infected with coronavirus will also be brought under sequencing. This will make it easier to find a vaccine for the disease.

People who infected with coronavirus and had different symptoms will have their genetic characteristics determined by sequencing the exome.

The project involves expert teachers and scientists from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Department of Microbiology and Center for Advanced Science Research of Dhaka University.

The research team is led by Professor of the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the convener of the Coronavirus Response Technical Committee Sharif Akhtaruzzaman of the University.