Hossen Sohel for DOT
 The Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) in conjunction with the Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) have successfully mapped the genome sequencing of Covid-19, reports The Business Standard.  The Ministry of Agriculture shared the news of their success in a press release issued yesterday.  The ‘Jute Genome Project’ under BJRI and CVASU have jointly mapped the complete genome sequencing of 7 Covid-19 samples.
 Analysis of the genome data shows that there are similarities between our genome sequences and the sequences of Saudi Arabia, Russia, Australia and the United States.
 In the 7 test samples, mutations have been observed in 7 paces of 1 genome, 5 places of 2 genomes and 4 places of 4 genomes.  Specially in the case of the sequence of two of the seven samples tested (samples 511 and 517), deletion of the 345 base-pair has been observed in the same place which was also observed in a few genomes mapped in Singapore. In other words, the absence of the NS8 gene has been observed in those two genomes. Further analysis of the uncovered genome sequences in currently underway. The uncovered sequence information is expected to be helpful in designing and evaluating diagnostic tests and identifying potential alternative approaches to curbing the ongoing outbreak.