Scientists have deciphered the complete genome of a new type of coronavirus. Understanding how SARS COV-2 works will improve the diagnosis of the disease and understand how it spreads. Scientists from Argentina managed to do this, President Alberto Fernandez said on Twitter.
Quise visitar hoy el Instituto Malbrán, tomando todos los recaudos necesarios, para felicitar y agradecerles a los científicos y profesionales que lograron secuenciar de forma exitosa el genoma completo SARS COV-2 en pacientes argentinos. pic.twitter.com/J1OmuHpN7q
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) April 7, 2020
Work on the study of a new type of coronavirus began in February 2020 – then biologists from the University of Texas deciphered the exact three-dimensional structure of those envelope proteins of the virus that are directly involved in cell infection. Then the data was published in the German GISAID database.
This made it possible to establish that the shell is only a small part of the atomic structure of the virus, which consists of approximately 200 million atoms. Due to their large number, researchers were not able to study the virus using particle accelerators, which allow you to take pictures at the atomic level.
After that, scientists from the University of California using the Frontera supercomputer created the first atomic model of a new type of coronavirus.
Now Argentine scientists have deciphered the complete genome of the virus. Fernandez’s report clarifies that decoding the genome will help improve the diagnosis of epidemiological surveillance and advance towards vaccine development.