The analysis and study of viral genomes is an essential epidemiological requirement to track the evolution of a virus, the origin of strains and their transmission during any epidemic or pandemic. Targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a valuable tool for both detection and classification of viral genomes.
The 2019 outbreak of the novel Coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV-2) is obviously unprecedented with over 26 million confirmed cases of the disease associated with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and sadly approaching over 1 million of lost lives in a relatively short period of time. Therefore, the ability for public health professionals and researchers to monitor situations in the most efficient and streamlined manner possible is essential. As is the reassurance that testing methods are secure, and results are accurate.
To date, monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in both waste waters and positive tested patients samples using EasySeq™ SARS-CoV-2 WGS Library Prep Kit continues, as new SARS-CoV-2 variants are still emerging.