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Bangladesh researchers find 30 new coronavirus variants

Published 12:18 am | January 06, 2021

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Online Desk ; A group of researchers of Shahjalal Science and Technology University (SSTU) have found 30 mutant variants of novel coronavirus.
Six of the variants have not been found yet in anywhere of the world. These variants have been detected in Sylhet for the first time. The rest 24 variants are totally new in Bangladesh though these exist in other countries of the world.

The researchers belonging to the Department of Genetics Engineering and Biotechnology (GEB) of the SSTU revealed their findings at a press conference held at the conference room of the university’s vice-chancellor office on Tuesday.

GM Nurnabi Azad, an assistant professor and member of the research team, said, “We have carried out genome sequences collecting the samples of coronavirus from different areas in Sylhet division. We have detected a new mutation in coronavirus gene (Genome: 27862: Del: ATCAT) which was not found in anywhere of the world.”

“Besides, analysing the genes of 10 samples of coronavirus collected from Sunamganj and Habiganj districts, we found 47 changes to their protein levels. Of those, 30 mutants of coronavirus are completely new in the context of Bangladesh,” he said.

GM Nurnabi Azad said the GEB of SSTU has been working on these mutants to trace the trends and diversity of coronavirus in Bangladesh. “So, we’ll be able to know which vaccines will be effective in our country by making a design through this reaserch.”

The press conference was also attended by SSTU vice-chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, treasurer Professor Dr Anwarul Islam, Dean of the Faculty of Life Science Dr SM Abu Sayem, head of the GEB Professor Dr Shamsul Huque Prodhan, and PhD research fellow Nazmul Hasan, among others.

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