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ICMR – UK strain successfully grown in India


The National Institute of Virology in Pune has successfully isolated and cultured the new UK variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from samples from UK returnees, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). he said on Saturday.

India is the second country, after the UK, to do so. “No country has yet reported a successful isolation and culture of the British variant of Sars-CoV-2,” the ICMR statement said.

Culture is the process by which cells grow under controlled conditions, usually outside of their natural environment.

The institute researchers used “vero cell line” to grow the virus. These are cells derived from the kidney of African green monkeys and are one of the most common cell lines used for cellular and molecular biology research.

These crops will help the country study whether current vaccines and natural immunity gained through exposure to infection will be effective against the new variant.

“This is a very important step and the expected next step for the Higher Institute of Virology. These cell cultures are extremely important for various studies, including studies to answer the pertinent question of whether vaccines will be effective against the new variant, ”said Dr. Rakesh Mishra, director of the Hyderabad Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Hindustan Times