Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has congratulated University of Ghana scientists on successfully obtaining critical information about the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congrats to our Ghanaian scientists at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research & West African Centre for— Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (@MBawumia) April 12, 2020
Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens @UnivofGh for successfully finding the sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19
I am proud of them. pic.twitter.com/jwR1tV0kpx
On Saturday, the Public Affairs Directorate of the University of Ghana announced that scientists at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, both of the University, had successfully sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic, obtaining important information about the genetic composition of viral strains in 15 of the confirmed cases in Ghana.
The scientists analyzed samples from selected cases to gain a comprehensive understanding of the variations of the virus that are present in the country.
Genome sequencing allows for the compilation of the most comprehensive information about an organism’s genetic makeup. Using advanced next-generation sequencing methods, scientists are able to track and compare viral mutations to understand the origins of imported strains and to discover if any novel strains are emerging locally.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected many countries globally.
According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the global case count for the coronavirus has surpassed 1.7 million with over 103,874 deaths.