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At its peak, the second wave of the virus had wreaked havoc across the national capital.(ANI)

Delhi Covid-19: Delta variant detected in 80% samples sent for genome sequencing

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2021 04:20 PM IST
More than 80 per cent of the fresh cases being reported in Delhi are also of Delta variant, said Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal interacts with healthcare workers during the inauguration of Genome Sequencing Lab, at Institute of Liver and Biliary Services (ILBS), in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal interacts with healthcare workers during the inauguration of Genome Sequencing Lab, at Institute of Liver and Biliary Services (ILBS), in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Kejriwal inaugurates Delhi’s second genome sequencing lab at ILBS, Vasant Kunj

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2021 03:24 AM IST
The laboratory at ILBS will be able to sequence over 300 samples a week and provide results in five to seven days, the government said in a press statement.
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT photo)
Haryana health minister Anil Vij(HT photo)

Haryana to set up lab for genome sequencing at PGI Rohtak

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • Haryana government’s order comes soon after the identification of the first case of Delta plus variant of Covid-19 in Chandigarh
State health minister Rajesh Tope while confirmed receiving a genome sequencing report from CSIR-IGIB, refused to discuss the matter till Monday
State health minister Rajesh Tope while confirmed receiving a genome sequencing report from CSIR-IGIB, refused to discuss the matter till Monday

Maharashtra reports 20 Delta+ Covid variant cases: Officials

By Rupsa Chakraborty and Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2021 01:26 AM IST
  • The Delta-plus, formed by mutation in the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, is currently a “variant of interest”, and hasn’t been classified as a “variant of concern” by the Union health ministry yet.
A healthcare worker holds a portable sequencer device at a genome sequencing laboratory set up at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.(Bloomberg for representation)
A healthcare worker holds a portable sequencer device at a genome sequencing laboratory set up at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.(Bloomberg for representation)

INSACOG helped detect variants of concern, data shared with states, UTs: Govt

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 06:50 PM IST
  • (INSACOG) has helped in the detection of Covid-19 Variants of Concern (VOC) in real time, which was also shared with the relevant states. The present turnaround time for VOCs is only 10 to 15 days, the government said.
Australia’s Victoria enters 7-day lockdown amid spike in Covid-19 Indian variant(Photo by Weyne Yew on Unsplash)
Australia’s Victoria enters 7-day lockdown amid spike in Covid-19 Indian variant(Photo by Weyne Yew on Unsplash)

Australia’s Victoria enters 7-day lockdown amid spike in Covid-19 Indian variant

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2021 09:31 AM IST
Melbourne in Australia, along with all other areas of Victoria state, will go into a lockdown for 7 days as the number of coronavirus cases double. Genome sequencing has confirmed the Covid-19 cases are from the variant that was first detected in India
It is yet to be established how the novel variant changes the nature of the virus, but it contains two mutations (E484Q and L452R) that could make it spread more readily or evade the immunity conferred by a past infection or a vaccine.(Reuters)
It is yet to be established how the novel variant changes the nature of the virus, but it contains two mutations (E484Q and L452R) that could make it spread more readily or evade the immunity conferred by a past infection or a vaccine.(Reuters)

Genome analysis for reinfection cases in capital

By Anonna Dutt, Risha Chitlangia, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 04:45 AM IST
The decision comes a day after the Centre said it found the presence of a novel variant of Sars-Cov-2 in Delhi in nine samples, while 65 others had the UK variant B.1.1.7.
The work, published in Genome Medicine, constitutes a major leap forward in the emerging field of precision medicine.(Pixabay)
The work, published in Genome Medicine, constitutes a major leap forward in the emerging field of precision medicine.(Pixabay)

More precise diagnoses made possible with whole genome sequencing, finds study

ANI | , Solna [sweden]
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 06:11 PM IST
More than 1,200 people with rare diseases have received a diagnosis thanks to the integration of large-scale genomics into the Stockholm region's healthcare system.
The researchers developed and annotated a reference assembly for white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus imitator) to explore the evolution of these traits.(Unsplash)
The researchers developed and annotated a reference assembly for white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus imitator) to explore the evolution of these traits.(Unsplash)

Genome study of Capuchin monkey uncovers hints on its large brain, long life

ANI | , Washington [us]
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 04:19 PM IST
A study led in Canada and the UK sequenced the genome of a Capuchin monkey to uncover new hereditary hints about the evolution of the breed's long life expectancy and enormous minds.
A tram carrying passengers runs on a track to raise awareness against the coronavirus on the New Year's eve at Esplannade Tram depot in Kolkata.(PTI)
A tram carrying passengers runs on a track to raise awareness against the coronavirus on the New Year's eve at Esplannade Tram depot in Kolkata.(PTI)

3 more who returned to Kolkata from UK test Covid-19 positive

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 10:52 AM IST
Their samples for genome sequencing to ascertain whether they were infected with the new and more contagious strain of the disease found in the UK
A doctor writes respiratory settings for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit in California hospital, on December 29.(AP Photo)
A doctor writes respiratory settings for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit in California hospital, on December 29.(AP Photo)

US ranks 43rd in genome sequencing of virus samples to detect UK-like variants, shows data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:10 PM IST
On the top of the sequencing list are Australia which has sequenced 58.6 per cent of its cases, the highest worldwide, according to GISAID Initiative database.
Santa, portrayed by Dan Kemmis, laughs as he talks to Kristin Laidre as she walks her dog, Scooby, a Bassett Hound mix, as he sits inside a protective bubble in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2020.(AP)
Santa, portrayed by Dan Kemmis, laughs as he talks to Kristin Laidre as she walks her dog, Scooby, a Bassett Hound mix, as he sits inside a protective bubble in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2020.(AP)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By R Sukumar
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:08 AM IST
India hasn’t put out in the public domain details of the number of viral genomes it has sequenced from Covid patients, but this writer learns that this number is just around a few thousand, and also that the number of cases sequenced since October is next to nothing.
RT-PCR is now considered the gold standard for diagnosis of the coronavirus disease.(AP)
RT-PCR is now considered the gold standard for diagnosis of the coronavirus disease.(AP)

Plans afoot to set up megalabs in four states to strengthen surveillance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 12:27 AM IST
The entire sequencing process will not cost more than Rs 2,000 per sample and can be easily implemented by state governments, Dr. Agarwal said. In comparison, a patient pays Rs 2,400 for an RT-PCR test at a private laboratory in Delhi.
US scientists at the medical device and healthcare major Abbott labs discovered a new strain of HIV virus, the company has announced.(Shutterstock (Representative Image))
US scientists at the medical device and healthcare major Abbott labs discovered a new strain of HIV virus, the company has announced.(Shutterstock (Representative Image))

New strain of HIV virus discovered after nearly 20 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 01:02 PM IST
The new subtype of the human immunodeficiency virus is called HIV-1 Group M, subtype L, the group that’s led to global pandemic. It’s reportedly after 19 years that a new strain has been found.
Scientists at two government-run laboratories said they have completed the sequencing of genomes of 1,008 healthy individuals under a project, aimed at providing Indian patients personalised treatment for diseases such as cancer.(Representative Image)
Scientists at two government-run laboratories said they have completed the sequencing of genomes of 1,008 healthy individuals under a project, aimed at providing Indian patients personalised treatment for diseases such as cancer.(Representative Image)

Genome sequencing to help in personalised cancer treatment

New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 01:42 AM IST
Genome sequencing is the process of figuring out the order of DNA nucleotides, or bases, in a genome [genetic material of an organism].
Can genomes sequencing help save lives?(Shutterstock)
Can genomes sequencing help save lives?(Shutterstock)

Genomes sequencing at birth, low cost makes it a tempting proposition

Asian News International | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2018 10:33 AM IST
Targeted or genomic sequencing can be used by clinicians to assist in the diagnosis of asymptomatic newborn. Sequencing these newborns may end the search for a diagnosis, informing medical management
Pregnant women can get a better evaluation of their condition.(Shutterstock)
Pregnant women can get a better evaluation of their condition.(Shutterstock)

Pregnant women can now get personal counselling about the baby’s health

Asian News International | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2018 03:54 PM IST
Foetuses with a so-called new balanced chromosomal aberration have a higher risk of developing brain disorders such as autism and mental retardation than previously anticipated. According to a study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, the risk is 20% for foetuses with these types of aberrations.
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