Gujarat: GBRC (Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre) in Gandhinagar has become the second such institute in the country after the National Institute of Virology (NIV) of Pune to decode the entire genome sequence of the virus. Many other institutions of the country are trying to do this. State Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanthi Ravi said that the discovery is an honor for Gujarat.
“The first genome sequence of the coronavirus was discovered on January 10 by China’s Disease Control and Prevention Center in Beijing,” he said. It was made public by China. After this GBRC also did it here. There are a total of nine mutations in its genome sequence. State government officials have said that the genome sequences discovered by GBRC will be shared with the scientific community.
This virus has been in India for 3 months, the mutation doesn’t happen too quickly. Whatever vaccine comes out now, it will work in the future as well (if the virus mutates): Dr. Gangakhedkar, ICMR#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/EUDtJRrRdXAdvertisement
— ANI (@ANI) April 17, 2020
However, six of these mutations have been detected earlier by other institutions in the world. Three of the nine mutations discovered by GBRC are new and will help determine how the virus is changing itself according to the circumstances.
GBRC director Chaitanya Joshi said that the virus keeps mutating to survive under various circumstances. We sampled a COVID-19 patient and worked on it. He said, the virus mutates or mutates itself to survive under various conditions. It mutates even when the drug tries to control it. This virus is changing itself more rapidly than the rest.
Sequences have been found before ICMR: At the same time, Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar of the Indian Institute of Medical Research (ICMR) says that this is not the first sequence. Earlier, these sequences have been found. These viruses have come from different countries, so everyone has different sequences. The Chinese are different, the Iran ones are different. Sequences from all over Europe, including the US, were seen in Italy’s virus.
There are still different code viruses in our country. The question here is who has more numbers in India and who will be affected by it, whether the medicine will be affected or not. This virus does not mutate very quickly. The virus has been in India for three months and mutations do not happen so quickly. Any vaccine that appears will be effective on the virus even if it is mutated.
ICMR will begin a study next week. Till we don’t have definitive results from this, we won’t recommend it even for health workers: Dr. Gangakhedkar, ICMR on a question by ANI on the use of BCG vaccine to fight COVID19 https://t.co/p3xQRCVKrM
— ANI (@ANI) April 17, 2020
Do not use the BCG vaccine now: On the question of the use of the BCG vaccine for the treatment of Coronavirus, Dr. Raman said, ICMR will start studies on it from next week. Until then we have no definite results. We would also not recommend health workers to use it.
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