Human Genome Variation Research Group and Genomic Core Facility MCB are actively helping an ongoing fight against SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. As one of the seven laboratories in Malopolska, we support Sanepid in testing samples taken from potentially infected individuals. To this end, we take advantage of our lab’s equipment - we utilize the Tecan robotic workstation to carry out the extraction of virus RNA from the patients’ samples safely and robustly. For the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we use a real-time PCR method, which is a gold standard due to its high sensitivity and specificity. We would like to thank for the help of the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology and the Medical College of the Jagiellonian University. We have analyzed over 2,000 samples so far.
Apart from our diagnostic effort, we are involved in testing of environmental samples collected by local authorities, in order to monitor the presence of the virus in public spaces. We also perform next-generation sequencing of the virus genomes for research purposes. Together with the Virogenetics and Bioinformatics groups, we hope to find some clues that will aid us in quenching the epidemic and avoiding its recurrence in the future.