This new effort is to track how the viral variant originated and how it is spreading based on clinical results.
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Taking forward the national efforts of INSACOG, a group of four cities in the country- Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune will conduct SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus genomic sequencing. Eight labs in these four cities will prepare a strategy by identifying the variants before they spread. Supported and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the consortium aims to develop strategies based on granular epidemologic and clinical data.
INSACOG is a union of National Labs set up by the Central Government. The consortium is being led through CSIR-Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) Hyderabad. It is studying the spread analysis and genome sequencing of COVID-19 variants. The consortium will also focus on enhancing the capabilities of real time surveillance and epidemiology with intensive environmental surveillance and advanced computational techniques.
This is the goal of the consortium
This new effort is to track how the viral variant originated and how it is spreading based on clinical results. Presently its partners in three other cities are NCBS-TIFR, InStem-DBT and NIMHANS Bengaluru, CSIR-IGIB New Delhi, Pune Knowledge Cluster, IISER-Pune and CSIR-NCL Pune. It will work closely with local governments, hospitals and doctors. The goal of this consortium is to strategically develop a national effort.
The country will fight the emerging variants with full force
The efforts will be led by Dr Rakesh Mishra, Advisor, CSIR-CCMB, Professor Satyajit Mayor, NCBS, along with Professor LS Shashidhar, Pune Knowledge Cluster and Dr Anurag Agarwal, CSIR-IIB. It is our goal to develop the strategy by identifying the variants before they spread, it said in a statement. This will also help in determining the clinical symptom and severity of disease of the emerging variants. Dr Vinay Nandikuri, Director, CSIR-CCMB says, All the partner institutes are fighting COVID-19 in the country right from the beginning. This is a very important effort which will help the country in fighting the new variants of Corona with full force.
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