MRDNA, is now able to offer the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed RT-qPCR assay for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, MR DNA has designed next-generation sequencing primers for targeted sequencing and detection of the SARS coronavirus. Both the SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR assay and NGS assay are for research use only at this time. The staff at MR DNA takes pride in being active contributing members to the scientific community and testing for SARS-CoV-2 is no different, which is why we offer each of our assays at an affordable price with rapid turnaround times.
What Type of Samples Can I Submit for Coronavirus Testing?
Our laboratory is equipped to receive and process a wide range of sample types including: air filter samples, environmental surface swabs e.g. doorknobs, benchtops, work surfaces etc., tissue samples for research use, pharyngeal swabs for research use and so much more. Please feel free to contact us and speak directly to our Laboratory Director about how we can contribute to your research project.
Is the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Available?
Yes, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) reference genome and annotation is available for download through NCBI. Genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 is able to be completed using the NGS platforms such as the Illumina MiSeq, Illumina NovaSeq, and PacBio Sequel.
What Type of Coronavirus Research Questions Are Currently Being Addressed?
As Universities and Research Laboratories begin to open up again following COVID-19 quarantine, a lot of questions are going to be addressed regarding the COVID-19 outbreak; but where should we begin? A research team from the University of Hong Kong recently published a paper listing several key research questions: 1) Viral RNA Detection should be used to obtain an accurate ratio of asymptomatic carriers 2) Determine if transmissibility increases or decreases as the chain of human-to-human interactions increases 3) What is the viral load in asymptomatic carriers 4) Understand the relationship in viral transmission via sewage, contaminated water, and/or hvac systems 5) Origins of SARS-CoV-2.