NEW YORK, April 17 - As scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore became the fourth team to complete the sequence of the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome today, Canadian researchers have identified proteins derived from the viral genome.
Meanwhile, researchers at the
The differences in the nucleotide sequences "may represent natural genetic variations of virus in the field," and "these differences may have an impact on tracking the diseases in populations, and in strategies for developing vaccines," the institute statement said. The Genome Institute researchers plan to examine the variations further.
The isolate that the Genome Institute of Singapore researchers sequenced came from one of the first patients, or "index cases," in
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