UAE: A genome is the complete set of genetic instructions of an organism. It contains all the information required to build and maintain the organism. Each cell in the body contains this same set of instructions.
The genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a patient in Dubai was successfully carried out by researchers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).
This was the first full genome sequencing of the virus in the UAE.
“This information can help trace the origin of infection in this specific patient from the UAE and can tell us a lot about viral transmission in the country…It will also help in understanding how the pandemic has been spreading globally,” Dr. Ahmad Abou Tayoun, associate professor of genetics at MBRU and director of the Genomics Centre at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital, said.
Genome sequencing has become a powerful tool for tracking diseases. Full genome sequencing will help researchers identify genetic changes that occur in a virus when it spreads through the population.