Bhubaneswar, Jun 02 : The research teams of Institute of Life Sciences and Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar have carried out high quality sequencing of 45 COVID 19 genomes, using the high throughput sequencing facility at ILS. Out of these, 36 were of high quality with less than one percent gap and remaining with less than ten per cent gap.
The sequence information has been submitted to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) database, which hosts sequence information from round the globe. The research teams of both institutions is led by Dr. Sunil Raghav of ILS and Dr. Jyotirmayee Turuk of RMRC ILS sources said in the coming days, ILS and RMRC will increase the sequencing efforts and will aim to sequence around 200 genomes specific to Odisha.
“This data will be of great relevance in understanding the migration of viral strain from point of origin, will elucidate the pathotypes and provide information on diversity and virulence of the strains”, said Dr. Raghav and Dr. Turuk. RMRC Director Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, said this effort as a part of the Odisha COVID -19 research study team will provide many significant outcomes once the data are fully analysed.
Dr. Ajay Parida,Director, ILS hoped that basic information from the sequencing data will enable researchers to carry out further studies and will contribute to disease prevention, control and treatment. The two major research institutions have made significant contributions to COVID-19 testing efforts in the state, conducting nearly 62,692 tests by RMRC and 30,550 tests by ILS, over the past two months. In a major research initiative, both the organizations have joined hands to undertake advanced scientific research focusing on disease biology, epidemiology, diversity, immune response, diagnostics and therapeutics related to COVID-19. (UNI)