As on April 7, India has shared nine whole genome sequences of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID).


What is it? GISAID is a public–private partnership between the German government and the non-profit organization Friends of GISAID.

  1. Functions: It provides public access to the most complete collection of genetic sequence data of influenza viruses and related clinical and epidemiological data through its database (named EpiFlu). The database is hosted by the German government.

  2. Formed in: 2008. 

  3. Type: Non-profit organization.

  4. Headquarters: Munich, Germany.

Important Info : In 2020, GISAID entered into the global research effort to understand the virus causing COVID-19 disease, making available over 2,600 genomic sequences that are modeled in real time, helping to track movement of the virus across the planet.

Source : The Hindu

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