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Identifying pathogenic genes in virus strains at a glance

Published on 27. Februar 2020

International project to help determine genetic abnormalities

 

In the new Pangaia project, Prof. Dr Alexander Schönhuth (left) and Prof. Dr Jens Stoye are developing methods for comparing gigantic gene data sets. Photo: Bielefeld University/M.D-Müller
When new viruses or bacteria spread to humans, it is essential to clarify their special characteristics as quickly as possible. For example, why is the coronavirus resistant to common drugs? In the future, new Big Data technology can help to identify the characteristics of new strains of viruses and bacteria in a short time. It does this by comparing the genome of a single organism with the genome of all the strains of a species. This procedure can also be used for more highly developed organisms such as mammals. The new project ‘Pangaia’ at Bielefeld University is investigating how the masses of data used in this process can be ordered and analysed for use in biomedicine. The university is one of eleven project partners from Europe and North America. The EU is funding the project with 1.14 million euros over three years.

 

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