Scientists from the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań conducted a comprehensive comparative analysis of all available complete genome sequences - the structure of the genetic material - of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so far known in Poland.
Research on the genetic variability of the coronavirus was conducted at the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań under the joint supervision of Prof. dr hab. n. med. Ewa Ziętkiewicz, prof. dr hab. n. med. Andrzej Pławski and the director of the Institute, prof. dr hab. Michał Witt, MD, PhD. As Agnieszka Możejko from the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences informed Polish Press Agency, this research is pioneering; scientists in Poznań were the first to conduct them in the country.
Mrs. Możejko explained that geneticists compared 90 sequences of SARS-CoV-2 isolated in Poland with 42,000. isolated sequences available in the international GISAID database, which collects data on all known influenza and SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequences worldwide. Polish sequences come from several national research centers, including the Poznań Institute of Human Genetics PAS, as the only source of such information in Greater Poland.
The geneticists from Poznań stated that complete information on the subtypes of viruses circulating in a given population is important for medical epidemiology, diagnosis and infection prevention.
So far in Poland, SARS-CoV-2 infection has been confirmed in a total of 52,410 people, of whom 1,809 have died.