Kerala: 3 samples sent for genome sequencing

Thiruvananthapuram: In the midst of the Omid saga sweeping the globe, Kerala, which has already made waves on the Covid front by accounting for more than 60% of the country's daily new Covid cases, is now awaiting the results of three Covid positive samples sent for genetic sequencing.

The results of the three samples should be available in a day or two, according to the authorities. The three samples sent for genome sequencing include those of a medical professional who arrived from the United Kingdom early this week and had a positive Covid test. Following this, his mother tested positive for Covid, and her samples were sent for genome sequencing. The third sample belonged to a Tamil immigrant from Germany who settled in Kozhikode. All three are cut off from the rest of the world.

Genomic sequencing is a method of determining a single organism's or cell type's whole genetic make-up. Changes in the genetic make-up of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be observed and tracked using genomic sequencing.

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