Indian researcher Arinjay Banerjee among scientists who isolated COVID-19

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Indian postdoctoral researcher Arinjay Banerjee was part of a team of Canadian scientists who managed to isolate Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) with severe acute respiratory syndrome that is responsible for the onset of COVID-19 and more than Has infected 200,000 globally.

Banerjee is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University with research interests in innate immunology, virology, emerging infections, and molecular biology.

He was part of the team from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, the University of Toronto and McMaster University, who were able to cultivate the virus from two clinical samples in a level 3 containment facility, according to a Sunnybrook Research Institute publication.

“After isolating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can share it with other researchers and continue this teamwork,” said Banerjee. “The more viruses that are made available in this way, the more we can learn, work together and share.”

The achievement will help researchers in Canada and around the world develop better diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines, and gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology, evolution, and clinical clearance.

“We need key tools to develop solutions to this pandemic. While the immediate response is critical, longer-term solutions come from researching this novel virus,” said Dr. Samira Mubareka, microbiologist and infectious disease doctor at Sunnybrook.

The virus has infected more than 207,000 people in 166 countries and killed 8,657 people worldwide. This is from the latest data available on the World Health Organization website.



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