The Portuguese publish the genome of the monkeypox virus

The Portuguese publish the genome of the monkeypox virus

A team of Portuguese researchers has released the first draft of the genetic sequence of the monkeypox virus, known as “monkeypox”. The genetic sequence of monkeypox was developed by a group of researchers from the National Institute of Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), in Lisbon. The article was published in location viral.

The researchers, led by João Paulo Gomez, reported that the result was obtained by the method of swab collected on May 4 in the skin lesions of a male patient. According to the study, the first analysis of the genome mapping indicates that the 2022 virus belongs to the West African region and is more closely related to the monkeypox virus, which was exported from Nigeria in 2018 and 2019 to countries such as the United Kingdom, Israel and the United Kingdom. Singapore.

According to the publication, the preliminary data will be updated with the release of new genome data, “which will be important to clarify the origin and international spread of the currently circulating virus.”

On Twitter, the director of the South African Epidemiological Research Center, Brazilian Tulio de Oliveira, said it was a “new level of scientific data sharing”, that is, it is released as soon as it is produced.

“This is amazing,” the genome sequencing will be further optimized (to improve low-coverage regions, Endels and homogeneous tracts) once high-depth Illumina data is available (sequencing in progress). “


In May this year, monkeypox cases were reported in several countries, such as Portugal, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Belgium and the United States. Scientists analyze the introduction of the disease and its rapid spread in these countries.

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For researchers, determining the genetic sequence of the virus that causes this infection should contribute to a better understanding of the epidemiology, sources of infection and transmission patterns.


According to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), there is still no record of monkeypox cases in Brazil. Last week, the ministry set up, in an advisory capacity, a temporary technical research room called CâmaraPox MCTI, to monitor scientific developments on the virus.

The procedure follows the same idea of ​​forming the RedeVírus MCTI, a panel of experts established in February 2020, even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 pandemic. The expert committee provides technical and scientific advice to the Ministry on strategies and needs in the field of science, technology and innovation needed in the field of health.

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