Genome sequencing can help scientists monitor small changes in the virus at a national or international scale to understand how it is spreading and provide insight into how different cases are linked.

Australian scientists develop genome sequencing to trace Covid-19 cases within four hours

Australian scientists stated on Thursday they’d developed a speedy genome sequencing technique that may reduce to inside 4 hours the time taken to hint the supply of coronavirus instances, serving to to shortly include any future outbreaks.

Genome sequencing may help scientists monitor small modifications within the virus at a nationwide or worldwide scale to grasp how it’s spreading and supply perception into how totally different instances are linked.

“When a new ‘mystery’ coronavirus case is identified, every minute counts,” Ira Deveson, scientist on the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, stated in a report, ready in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Genomic testing helps monitor the supply of thriller instances, those whose supply of an infection stays unknown. But outcomes typically take greater than 24 hours now.

The novel coronavirus genome is about 30,000 letters lengthy, however tiny in contrast with the three billion letters that make up the DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, of the human genome.

The virus can alter the genetic signature of the hosts because it replicates itself inside them.

“By identifying this genetic variation, we can establish how different cases of coronavirus are linked,” UNSW scientist Rowena Bull stated.

Australia has largely averted the excessive variety of instances and deaths from the virus in contrast with different developed international locations, cautiously easing restrictions after reporting zero native Covid-19 instances for the previous a number of days.

It has reported slightly below 28,000 instances of Covid-19 and 908 deaths for the reason that pandemic started however estimates there are fewer than 50 lively instances remaining, largely returned vacationers from abroad in lodge quarantine.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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