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Scientists found variants of the SARS-CoV-2 genome in Mexico

April 27, 2020

This discovery could help detect COVID-19 mutations.

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Scientists found variants of the SARS-CoV-2 genome in MexicoScientists found variants of the SARS-CoV-2 genome in Mexico

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The more we know about the latest outbreak of the corona virus, the better. A group of scientists from Mexico’s universities and national health institutes discovered a genome sequence of the variants of the SASRS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and circulates in the Mexican population.

In a joint statement, the specialists said that one of the most important observations was the discovery that most virus imports into the country come from different regions of the country. Europe.

They pointed out that additional evidence was found that the local broadcast between people who have traveled abroad and people who live in the same area in Mexico, possibly from the second week of March.

In the meantime, the sequences of the genomes obtained, as described in detail, show a high condition (at least 99.97 percent identity) in terms of the first SARS CoV-2 virus strain to be characterized in Wuhan, China.

The changes identified in the genomes define the circulation of two of the three previously reported genotypes, line A (also called G) and line B (also called S) in the country.

Important for the detection of mutations

Therefore, experts felt it was more important to continue monitoring the virus genome to identify mutations in the emergence of drug and vaccine resistant variants once these prevention and treatment measures were approved and applied.

“It is important to maintain Epidemiology and genomic surveillance of the virus in our country, Identify variants that they can mainly circulate in Mexico by adapting to certain environmental characteristics as well as genetic and epidemiological determinants of the population, ”they explained.

The team consisted of specialists from the Institutes for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (Indre), the National of Respiratory Diseases (INER), Mexican Social Insurance (IMSS), the National of Medical Sciences and Nutrition and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)) as well as citizens of the University of Oxford.

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