A group of researchers from Sunnybrook Research Institute, McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Canada has announced that they had successfully isolated a strain of the coronavirus and grown them in a lab as well.
While this is not the first time that scientists have isolated the coronavirus strain, it still shows that researchers are making progress. Chinese researchers first did this in a laboratory in China. Also following the outbreak in Italy, Italian officials have done the same thing.
As of now, the procedure has successfully been carried out in Australia as well as India.
While there is still no cure or vaccine for the coronavirus that has everyone panicking, strain isolation is good news. See why below.
What Does It Mean To Isolate The Coronavirus Strain?
First, you need to understand that this is different from isolating infected people which is called quarantine. Instead, this procedure refers to the virus itself. According to Wikipedia, under a microbiology branch named virology: “a strain is a genetic variant, a subtype or a culture within a biological species.”
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What scientists do in other to find a solution to a Pandemic like the Covid-19, is to take out its strain and study it. Isolating it gives them more room for specific modifications to see possible ways to treat it.
This is why the world of medicine sees the news as a good one. Also, while the virus mutates or adapts in each new person it infects, scientists have narrowed the coronavirus strains down to two main ones.
One of them is the most common and it is also the most dangerous. The other is milder and only causes mild symptoms, from which victims recover.
Scientists associated with this recent Canadian breakthrough include Dr Samira Mubareka from Sunnybrook Research Institute; Dr Rob Muzak (also from Sunnybrook); Dr Arinjay Banerjee from McMaster University; and some unnamed others.
The coronavirus has infected Canada’s prime minister’s wife, Sophie Trudeau and thus placed the prime minister himself in isolation.
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