HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad-based Cell and Molecular Biology Center (CCMB) has started sequencing the genome of the new coronavirus isolates. CCMB plans to sequence hundreds of isolates over the next two to three weeks. Sequencing a large number of virus isolates can help understand various aspects of the virus – the path it took to spread the infection, how it spread, and where it spread.
“With the help of genome sequencing, we can follow the kinship between different patients. For example, we can say which group of people contracted the infection in Delhi or Kerala, where the virus originated, whether in China or Italy. We can also find out what type of virus is spreading quickly. The sequencing data will also be useful for the drug design process, ”said Dr. RK Mishra, Director of the CCMB. Once the sequencing is complete, it will also be made public for further research.