UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

Published on March 7, 2021 AHMEDABAD: The state government has decided to send 5% of the RT-PCR positive cases randomly for genetic sequencing to ascertain the presence of different variants of Covid-19 in Gujarat. The decision has come in the wake of three Covid-19 cases in Surat which tested positive for the UK strain. A … Continue reading UK strain scare: 5% of positive samples to be sequenced in Gujarat

‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

Published on March 2, 2021 Ahmedabad: Gujaratis may want to blame the ‘foreign gene variants’ behind the high morbidity and mortality among the Covid-19 patients in Gujarat, but it could be their own specific genetic makeup, revealed a study carried out by state government-run Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC). A paper titled ‘Host genetic factors … Continue reading ‘Genetic factors in Gujarat behind high morbidity’

‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

Published on February 28, 2021 Ahmedabad: The patients of rare diseases – primarily affected by genetic disorders – are more prone to Covid-19 infection, said city-based experts. February 28 is marked as Rare Diseases Day globally to create awareness about the diseases which are difficult to diagnose and some of which are difficult to treat. … Continue reading ‘Covid-19 more severe for autoimmune rare disorders’

‘Information on Covid-19 composition is crucial’

Published on April 17, 2020 An interview with Prof Chaitanya G Joshi, director of Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) and Dr Madhvi Joshi, joint director, GBRC, after the centre completed genome sequencing for Covid-19, becoming one of the first government-funded labs in India to do so. Prof Chaitanya Joshi and Dr Madhvi Joshi; Images from … Continue reading ‘Information on Covid-19 composition is crucial’