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CoVarScan rapid COVID-19 test

Researchers have developed a rapid Covid-19 test, called “CoVarScan rapid Covid-19 test”. This test will help in identifying different variants of SARS-CoV-2 in some hours. CoVarScan rapid Covid-19 test The CoVarScan test detects the signatures of eight hotspots on SARS-CoV-2 virus. It was tested on over 4,000 patients’ samples. This test is as accurate as ..

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Thiomargarita magnifica

Scientists have discovered a bacterium that is big enough to be seen through the naked eye. It has been named Thiomargarita magnifica and is said to be the size of a fly. Overview: This huge string-like bacterium can grow up to 2 cm in length, about the size of a fly, and is native to ..

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Indian SARS – CoV – 2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG)

INSACOG is a multi-lab agency. It was established by the Government of India in 2020 to monitor the genomic variations of COVID-19. In the beginning, there were ten labs. The number has now increased largely. About INSACOG The labs identify and expand the genome sequences of COVID-19 virus. Through this they understand how the virus ..

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Genome Study on Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros

The researchers at the Centre for Palaeogenetics, Stockholm showed that the populations of Sumatran Rhinoceros displayed low levels of inbreeding. About the Genome Study In order to investigate their inbreeding levels, the researchers had sequenced the genomes from 16 rhinos on Sumatra and Borneo. The findings that the rhinos are facing low levels of inbreeding ..

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UK’s new strain of coronavirus

India and several other countries have suspended their flights from United Kingdom due to the concerns about the new variant of COVID-19 that is spreading rapidly in the country. What are the concerns? A mutant of COVID-19 has been the reason of rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in East and South England. The new variety ..

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GBRC scientists find three new mutations of COVID-19

On April 17, 2020, the scientists at Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) have found three new mutations of COVID-19 virus. With this, GBRC becomes the first government laboratory in the country to sequence whole genome of COVID-19. Highlights There are six mutations of the virus that have been found so far. The scientists at GBRC ..

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