CSIR-Centre for CCMB on Multiple Fronts fighting against COVID-19

CSIR-Centre for CCMB on Multiple Fronts fighting against COVID-19

CSIR-Centre for CCMB on Multiple Fronts fighting against COVID-19

Motto: Dedicated to the Nation

    • Function: Autonomous, Govt, CSIR
    • Year of Establishment: 1977
    • Director: Rakesh K. Mishra
    • Location : Hyderabad, Telangana, India
    • Website: ccmb.res.in

What are the initiatives by CCMB?

  1. Testing patient samples
    • CCMB is an authorized testing centre
    • receives patient samples from government hospitals Telangana

2. Training on COVID-19 Testing

    • It has also trained 25 medical doctors, technical staff and students
    • These trained people have been deployed for the testing activities at their respective hospitals.
    • Training videos on best practices for handling patient samples and on RT-PCR.
    • These videos are available for authorized centers and can be got by contacting [email protected]

3. Sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 genome

    • CSIR labs are leading the way in genome sequencing of the Corona Virus and
    • CCMB is performing Next Generation Sequencing and analysis to map out the whole genome sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

4. Culturing SARS-CoV-2 Virus for Testing Repurposed & New Drugs

    • A key tool lacking for the R&D community is the lack of viral cultures to test repurposed drugs, or new drugs or new molecules predicted by various molecular modelling.
    • CSIR-CCMB has been engaged in this task and is setting up a system for culturing the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Vero cell line which are permissive for growth of viruses.

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