SARS-CoV-2 Full-length Genome Sequencing” service to support researchers globally in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and outbreak source tracing
Ebersberg, Germany - Eurofins Genomics Europe, a leader in genomic products and services, announces the launch of its “SARS-CoV-2 Full-length Genome Sequencing” service, a new next generation sequencing (NGS) service enabling end-to-end surveillance of the coronavirus genome sequence and mutational drift. The new service is Eurofins Genomics’ latest addition to a whole product portfolio aimed at supporting researchers globally in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
By sequencing the complete viral ssRNA genome, the new “SARS-CoV-2 Full-length Genome Sequencing” service provides Eurofins Genomics customers with fully assembled SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences. It enables accurate identification, strain typing, surveillance of mutational drift and phylogenetic distances between locally and regionally different viral isolate genome sequences. A sophisticated BioIT pipeline for full viral genome assembly as well as a set of additional bioinformatics analyses compare the isolate sequences with SARS-CoV-2 genome references and deliver a report facilitating conclusive interpretation of the data. The new service allows researchers to analyse their samples via Eurofins Genomics standardised, automated and laboratory information management system (LIMS) controlled high throughput next generation sequencing pipelines. The data output is guaranteed and very flexible as multiples of five million read pairs can optionally be added. Researchers and epidemiologists can then easily upload and compare data obtained on their samples with sequences of the virus available in global databases like https://nextstrain.org/ncov/global. This facilitates understanding of the mutations and history of a given strain of the virus and in some cases can help in outbreak source tracing.
Eurofins Genomics’ new “SARS-CoV-2 Full-length Genome Sequencing” service launch further demonstrates Eurofins Group’s commitment to contribute to the global response to the SARS-CoV-2 crisis. Eurofins Genomics supports scientists from all areas in their vital work by providing them with the right tools to facilitate genomic research on SARS-CoV-2 where detailed knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and its characteristics is instrumental in order to identify fast and viable solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new service also ensures that Eurofins Genomics customers’ designs of primers and probes consistently match the current and local face of the virus. This knowledge may also prove valuable for the potential requirement to specifically tailor locally, regionally and/or seasonally adjusted future vaccines.
More information on this new “SARS-CoV-2 Full-length Genome Sequencing” service can be found on https://www.eurofinsgenomics.eu/en/next-generation-sequencing/applications/sars-cov-2-genome-sequencing/
The full coronavirus product range offered by Eurofins Genomics Europe, including SARS-CoV-2 qPCR assays or SARS-CoV-2 plasmid controls, can be found on https://www.eurofinsgenomics.eu/en/covid-19/