In an upcoming book, the Microsoft co-founder says that better vaccines and “pathogen surveillance” can stop the next outbreak
Microsoft co-founder and vaccine advocate Bill Gates has written a book outlining “the lessons we can learn” from Covid-19, claiming that, by investing in healthcare, vaccines, and “global pathogen surveillance,” another pandemic like Covid-19 can be prevented.
Gates announced the book in a blog post on Tuesday. Due for release in May, the book will outline “the specific steps we can take to not only stop future pandemics but, in the process, provide better health care for everyone around the world.”
Where does the data for genomic surveillance come from?
Scientists use a process called genomic sequencing to identify SARS-CoV-2 variants. Scientists sequence viral specimens collected from a portion of people who test positive for COVID-19. After a test is determined to be positive, additional time is required to prepare and sequence the viral specimen, and then analyze the sequence data. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
What is Whole genome sequencing?
Whole genome sequencing (WGS), also known as full genome sequencing, complete genome sequencing, or entire genome sequencing, is the process of determining the entirety, or nearly the entirety, of the DNA sequence of an organism’s genome at a single time. This entails sequencing all of an organism’s chromosomal DNA as well as DNA contained in the mitochondria and, for plants, in the chloroplast.
How does genomic sequencing work?
Genomic sequencing goes beyond testing for SARS-CoV-2 and allows scientists to classify a virus as a particular variant and determine its lineage. Genomic surveillance has been a key component of public health efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the genomic sequencing process.
First, strands of DNA or RNA are extracted from the bacteria, virus, or other pathogens.
Extraction Strands of DNA or RNA are first extracted from the bacteria, virus, or other pathogens.
The DNA or RNA to be sequenced must be specially prepared before it can be put into the sequencing machine. The steps in the process may differ depending on the type of sample and specific equipment being used.
Library Prep The DNA or RNA to be sequenced must be specially prepared before it can be put into the sequencing machine.
Some of the Steps Used:
– Converting RNA or single stranded DNA into double-stranded DNA if needed
– Chopping strands into shorter pieces to get a desired length
– Modifying the ends of the fragments so they can be recognized by the sequencer. At this point the sample is called a “library” and is ready for sequencing.
The library is loaded into a sequencer, which will identify the nucleotide bases in the DNA fragments.
Sequencing The library is loaded into a sequencer, which will identify the nucleotide bases in the DNA fragments.
The sequencer produces data—millions of long strings of letters—which are then assembled together or aligned with a high-quality, reference sequence. Analytical programs compare the new sequence data to the reference sequence and identify variations in the sample that allow scientists to infer an ancestral relationship, much like a family tree.
Looks like the WHO is already up to No Good in this.
WHO Consultation on the Global Genomic Surveillance Strategy for Pathogens with Pandemic and Epidemic Potential
8 December 2021 13:00 – 16:30 CET
Member States, national health authorities, donors and partners including international organizations, academia, industry and civil society were invited to join a consultation on the development of the global genomic surveillance strategy for pathogens with pandemic and epidemic potential.
In May 2021 WHO Member States adopted Resolution 74.7 urging countries to increase their capacity to detect new threats including through laboratory techniques, such as genomic sequencing. As waves of COVID-19 disease transmission continue, there is global impetus to strengthen genomic surveillance and real-time tracking of pathogens with pandemic and epidemic potential as a key component of public health intelligence for decision making and action.
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