NEW YORK, April 21 - Joining four other teams around the globe to complete sequences of the SARS viral genome, the Beijing Genome Institute announced that it had also sequenced SARS-associated viral genomes on April 16.
Meanwhile, the Beijing Genome Institute is also said to have developed a one-hour test for SARS, based on the sequenced genome. The test uses a particular protein produced by the virus, which reacts with an antibody produced by SARS patients.
The scientists involved in the project include those from the
Two of the isolates came from lung tissue autopsies in deceased SARS patients, one from a patient in
The group has published the sequences of this genome on its website, and said it has compared them to that obtained by a group at the British Columbia Cancer Center in
The SARS virus, which has been identified as a novel coronavirus, is believed to have originated in the
Having sequences of the
The Chinese government has recently revealed that there have been significantly more cases of SARS in the country than previously reported: Over 80 people have died in
A five-member team from the World Health Organization arrived in
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