Four cities build consortium for genomic surveillance of virus

TO COMPLEMENT the nationwide effort led by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), a consortium of 4 metropolis clusters – Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune – has been established to upscale genomic surveillance on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The brand new effort goals at growing methods and constructing capabilities to determine variants of concern earlier than they unfold extensively and trigger outbreaks, mentioned specialists.

The consortium goals to develop focused sampling methods based mostly on granular epidemiological and scientific knowledge. Coupled with intense environmental surveillance and superior computational methods, the consortium may also give attention to constructing capabilities for real-time surveillance and epidemiology, learn an official assertion issued on Thursday.

The consortium has been established with the help and seed funding of Rockefeller Basis, and is led by CSIR-Centre for Mobile and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. At current, it contains completely different companions in three different cities: NCBS-TIFR, InStem-DBT and NIMHANS in Bengaluru; CSIR-IGIB in New Delhi; Pune Information Cluster, CSIR-NCL and IISER in Pune. It can work intently with native governments, hospitals and clinicians. In collaboration with INSACOG, the consortium goals to ultimately flip this right into a nationwide effort by increasing to different strategic areas in India.

Dr Rakesh Mishra, adviser at CSIR-CCMB, will lead these efforts together with Prof Satyajit Mayor, NCBS; Prof L S Shashidhara, Pune Information Cluster; and Dr Anurag Agrawal, CSIR-IGIB.

Crew members mentioned, “Our goal is to develop methods and capabilities to determine variants of concern earlier than they unfold extensively and trigger outbreaks. This may also assist correlate with scientific signs and illness severity, probably related to rising variants.”

Dr Vinay Nandicoori, director, CSIR-CCMB, mentioned, “All accomplice institutes are combating Covid-19 since its starting. This much-needed collaboration will convey all their strengths collectively in a structured trend.”

Pune Information Cluster (PKC), together with its companions, can be concerned in Covid-19 epidemiological and scientific knowledge curation and analyses, sero survey, and in making ready a roadmap for the town’s preparedness for one other wave, apart from bringing financial and academic exercise again to regular.

Viral genome surveillance, together with environmental surveillance, will present beneficial data in framing higher public well being insurance policies for Pune, which is one of the worst-hit cities on the earth by the pandemic. Whereas CSIR-NCL, IISER Pune, BJMC, Symbiosis, KEM and plenty of companions will execute the work, PKC facilitates collaborations, permissions and funds, mentioned Prof Shashidhara, one of the founders of PKC.

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