WhatsApp

Costa Rica Makes History on CoVid 19 sequencing

by on 04-30-2020 in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Makes History on CoVid 19 Sequencing

INCENSE IS ABLE TO SEQUENCE THE COMPLETE GENOME OF THE NEW SARS-COV-2 CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

For the first time in Costa Rica, and a few weeks after being circulating in the country, the genomics group of the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (Incense) completed the sequencing of the entire genome of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

 

After hard work, the National Reference Center for Microbiological Food Safety (CNRIMA), in collaboration with the National Reference Center for Virology (CNRV) of Incense, managed to sequence in their facilities the first genomes of the virus causing the COVID-19 disease.

 

The procedure was performed from 6 samples of patients diagnosed as positive by the CNRV, as part of its work to support epidemiological surveillance carried out by the Ministry of Health.

 

The results were submitted to the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAD) platform, which is used globally, to share this type of information, thus making data from Costa Rica available to the world scientific community.

 

Two of the genomes obtained by Incense are close to the genomes obtained from samples analyzed in the United States. The other four genomes are located within clusters made up of virus strains found in different parts of the world.

 

Two of the genomes obtained by Incense are close to the genomes obtained from samples analyzed in the United States. The other four genomes are located within clusters made up of virus strains found in different parts of the world.

 

 

INCIENSA had already succeeded in sequencing the genome of several bacteria that cause diseases of public health interest, but it is the first time that it has been able to obtain the genome of a virus.

 

For doctors Francisco Duarte Martínez and Hebleen Brenes, who led the work team, this achievement and the scientific evidence that will continue to be generated from now on, will be useful for:

 

  • Know the dynamics and diversity of the viral population, in addition to the transmission routes in the country.
  • Strengthen analysis capabilities for the national network of laboratories.
  • Provide relevant information for the Ministry of Health and international organizations (PAHO / WHO).
  • Ensure the quality of laboratory diagnoses, providing information about the variability of gene banks used in molecular tests to detect the virus.
  • Contribute to provide information that allows to properly select future vaccines.
  • Carry out viral genomic surveillance in Costa Rica, without depending on the sending of samples to other countries.
  • Establish a platform for future collaborations with other national scientific centers and other countries in the world.

 

The work carried out by INCIENSA in this field has been carried out within the framework of the work of the Technical Council for Clinical Bioinformatics, led by the Ministry of Health.

 

The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, congratulated the work of the Incense team, while acknowledging the capacity of Costa Rican scientists in the face of this important country achievement.

 

COVID-19 INCENSE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Article Published by: https://www.presidencia.go.cr/comunicados/2020/04/inciensa-logra-secuenciar-el-genoma-completo-del-nuevo-coronavirus-sars-cov-2-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR2CeRGOeJzMc1cSxc5vMXUiQxOxlum9u4DlVEzdvLph2BQSoIkZkjRURyk

Log in to post a comment

Some of our services that will useful on regular basis:

Book Tours & Activities

Access to a thousands of activaties in Costa Rica. Everything from Adventure, Arts and Recreational Activities.

Tranportation Bookings

Booking your trasfers has never been easier. Look up available destications, times and get instant confirmation with just a few clicks.

Investments

Great resource for those who are looking for business and investment opportunities for residential and commercial real estate.

Online Shopping

Shop Online for Costa Rica made products and services. Find Unique and one of kind items.

Services Bookings

Make reservation at your favorite locations and events.

Hotel Bookings

Get access to all the hotels in Costa Rica. Check availability and book

Vacation Rentals

Search all the available vacation home rentals in Costa Rica.

Book A Table

We make it easy for you to make a reservation with your favorite place.

Order Food

Place your oder online and have your food deliver to your location. Restritions apply.

Flight Booking

Look for best deals and book your flights with us.

Rent A Car

Quick, easy online car reservations for Costa Rica.

Bank / ATM

Locate Bank and ATM information

Doctors Appointment

Schedule your appointmens directly with our participating providers.

Spa & Salon

Book your spa and salon treatments directly with our participating providers.

Offers | Promotions | Hot Deals

Explore best offers, promotions and hot deals with AskZipy.

On Demand Services

Book your on damand services directly with our participating providers.

Jobs

Looking for work, search our site to find business who are looking for talent to join their teams.

Photo Album

View photos form all the Ask Zipy adventures and activaties.

Emergency Services

Locate Emergency services locations and contact information.

FAQ

Search our list of fequently asked questions to the most common questions people have when visiting, living and working in Costa Rica.

Order Groceries

Shopping for groceries has never been easier. order your groceries and have them delivered to your location.