Biologists who work in a laboratory at the Hospital German Trias i Pujol in Badalona have them The only case sequence of the British dynasty that has been found, At present, In Catalonia.
In this sense, explains Veronica Saludis, who holds a PhD in biology at the German Hospital Trias I Pujol, “The sequence is the reading of the genetic information from the DNA of the virus, and this allows Detect their mutationsAnd the Variables circulating in a specific region Also, how can different individuals be linked epidemiologically. “
The sample that tested positive for the new strain in Catalonia Belongs to someone who recently visited the UK. “He was a patient who traveled and was very susceptible to this type of strain,” says Montserrat Jimenez, Clinical Head of the Microbiology Service at Trias-i-Pujol, Germany.
In this case, the mutations of the genetic material analyzed match the British variant, as Saludis points out,It is 70% more transmissible One of the other strains that are spread in the region, but this does not mean that they are more pathogenic. “
However, monitoring for new mutations is permanent. The goal of determining the sequence of new mutations of the virus is to obtain an image to identify it, and thus, Act quickly to detect and control outbreaks.
“This allows us to discover the strains in the community, which can enter hospital, housing, and social health centers for Be able to prevent the development of epidemicsMontserrat Jimenez explains.
Work is mightyBut it is necessary in the middle of a pandemic. In this lab alone, around 7,000 diagnostic tests for Coronavirus are performed every day.