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Full genome sequencing of coronavirus completed in Bangladesh

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:56 PM, 30 May 2020  

Full genome sequencing of coronavirus completed in Bangladesh

Full genome sequencing of coronavirus completed in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has claimed that they have completed full genome sequencing of three coronaviruses.

The program was launched on Saturday under the direction of Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman. As a result, sequencing of three COVID-19 cases has been successfully completed in the Genomic Research Laboratory. 

Research team head Md Selim Khan said that analysis found the highest resemblance (99.99%) with this virus in Bangladesh from European sources, especially Sweden. 

He said it is not enough to draw conclusions from the total 23 sequencing data obtained so far in Bangladesh, including 3 from BCSIR, to know the details of coronavirus. 

More sequencing data on coronavirus isolated identified in different parts of Bangladesh is needed at the moment to expedite other research work including source, cluster, transmission dynamics, molecular dating, vaccine design. 

The Minister and Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology have directed to collect samples from all possible areas of Bangladesh and sequence them in the Genomic Research Laboratory of BCSIR. As per the direction, DRICM along with BCSIR's Genomic Research Laboratory are working. Once this work is done the research will be established on a full-fledged basis and that will help to discover drugs or vaccines for the virus.

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