Eijkman Institute Finishes Sequencing Indonesian Coronavirus strain

Eijkman Institute Finishes Sequencing Indonesian Coronavirus strain
Bloomberg/Adrienne Surprenant | A visual rendering of the novel coronavirus is on display beside laboratory glassware at the Pasteur Institute laboratories in Lille, France, on March 9

The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology has finished the first complete genome sequence of coronavirus samples from Indonesia. The new information is expected to help scientists better understand the particular strain of the virus that has swept across the country.

Eijkman Institute director Amin Soebandrio said the genetic sequence could help scientists understand the virus strain’s mutations, identify its origins and conduct fast and effective contact tracing to reduce its spread. He said the information could also help in the development of a vaccine.

“[The genetic sequence] can help a lot with contact tracing. Right now contact tracing is done by epidemiological guessing: who [an infected person] came into contact with,” Amin told The Jakarta Post on Monday (May 4).

“With the molecular data, we can know whether the virus that is found in Pekanbaru, for example, is the same or similar to the one in Surabaya or Makassar, and we can trace the movement of the virus.

He said the sequencing process had begun two weeks ago despite the fact that the institute had been collecting coronavirus samples since March.

"We were fully occupied with testing."

On Monday, the institute submitted the data to GISAID, an initiative that promotes the sharing of genetic data on influenza viruses and the coronavirus. 


Source : Asia News Network | The Jakarta Post | The Star

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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