PGC SARS-CoV-2 Bulletin No. 3: 23 newly reported SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from the Philippines support PGC’s previously hypothesized viral entry routes and waves of transmission

A group of researchers from the U.S. Army Medical Directorate–Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, the University of the Philippines Manila, and the V. Luna Medical Center recently reported 23 new SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences from the Philippines, all of which were from cases of local transmission (Velasco et al., 2020). Among these samples, one was collected in early April while the rest were obtained in the months of June and July.

OnePGC Conference: PGC in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao #ParaSaBayan

A virtual conference celebrating teamwork and Bayanihan to rise above the pandemic. Streaming from the PGC Headquarters, this online gathering gives thanks and recognition to the partners and stakeholders from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who helped in the national call for increased capacity for COVID-19 testing in the country.

Overcoming Challenges and Building Opportunities with Bioinformatics

The 2020 Bioinformatics Conference aims to bring together researchers, students, and professionals from the field of genomics and bioinformatics. Themed “#BioInfoPH: Overcoming Challenges, Building Opportunities”—the conference intends to surface the complexities of conducting bioinformatics and genomics research in the Philippines and therein address these challenges through the conference forum.

Genome Center to help detect nCoV via whole-genome sequencing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes whole-genome sequencing as a “laboratory procedure that determines the order of bases in the genome of an organism in one process.”

According to CDC, scientists conduct data analysis, which is the fourth step of whole-genome sequencing, to compare “bacterial sequences and identify differences.”

Welcome to PGC!

Welcome to the Philippine Genome Center, a genomics-focused multidisciplinary research unit of the University of the Philippines. PGC combines basic and applied research for the development of health diagnostics and therapeutic products and process, and improved agriculture and aquatics resources. It was established during the 1246th UP Board of Regents meeting on July 31, 2009 […]