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Russian scientists completely decipher coronavirus genome

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Russian scientists completely decipher coronavirus genome


19.03.2020

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Russian experts have managed to decipher the entire genome of the new coronavirus, RIA Novosti reports. The Ministry of Health stated that the first gene was sequenced by scientists of Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza. The studying material was obtained from a Russian patient who contracted COVID-19.

According to Dmitry Lioznov, who is acting as the head of the institute, this virus was unknown to scientists. For this reason, the question of the path of its distribution, penetration into Russian territory, and the issue of its variability is of great importance.

The information obtained will facilitate the work on the creation of vaccines and antiviral drugs for the treatment of coronavirus.

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19, spreading from China, as a pandemic. The number of cases exceeded 200,000 people. The disease affected residents of about 160 countries. More than 9,000 people became victims of the virus. In Russia, about 200 hundred cases of infection have been recorded.

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