NIV Pune Scientists first to deposit gene sequence of coronavirus from the country

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Four Indian scientists from ICMR-NIV deposited first genome of coronavirus from India to NCBI Genbank. The online accession link of this full RNA genome is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/MT050493. Scientists called it Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and has a genome size of 29851 bp. Genome was submitted on 6th March 2020.

The four scientists are:

1. PRAGYA D YADAV, Scientist E

Her areas of interest are  Molecular biology, Virology, Biocontainment. She has experience of Operation and management of BSL-4 laboratory and currently working in BSL-4 laboratory of MCC, NIV, Pune as a core member. She has won various national awards and fellowships and member of national and international societies like American Society of virology and Virology Society of India.

2. VARSHA POTDAR, SCIENTIST D

Her Current Interests include Molecular Diagnosis and characterization of Influenza viruses, Monitoring genetic variations in circulating influenza viruses, Influenza viruses and it’s drug susceptibility to amantidine and Osaltamivir. HA 1 gene sequencing and phylogenetic relationship with vaccine component, Detection of emerging viral out breaks. She has also role in software development (virus limes).

3. M L CHOUDHARY, SCIENTIST D

His Current Interests include Molecular Biology, Development of diagnostic kits and Development of vaccines of Influenza virus.

4. Mrs ANITA MOHAN SHETE AICH

She is working BSL4 Lab of Maximum Containment Laboratory, Microbial Containment Complex, National Institute of Virology.

 

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