The Philippine Genome Center is ready to verify the presence of 2019-nCoV through whole genome sequencing. With the use of Next Generation DNA/RNA Sequencing equipment (NGS) available at the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, the team of the DNA Sequencing Core Facility (DCSF) is ready to assist RITM and the DOH in confirming suspected cases of 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.
Due to the recent declaration of the Metro Manila-wide community quarantine and with the DNA Sequencing Core Facility currently assisting in the UP NIH Kit validation and field testing (COVID-19), PGC management has decided to temporarily halt accepting all samples and requests for services starting March 16, 2020 until further notice.
SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND LIST OF PGC SERVICES HERE
The Philippine Genome Center of the University of the Philippines was tasked to handle the sequencing of COVID-19 samples in coordination with the health workers from UP Manila National Institutes of Health, to provide our scientists with crucial scientific information to mitigate the spread of the disease.
In our effort to continually protect the PGC skeletal workforce during this national health emergency, we are accepting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations.
Contact Ms. Katie Raymundo via 09190006087 (Smart) or send an email to [email protected] for inquiries and to coordinate donations.
Gamit ang mga halaw na salita ni Prof. Eilene Narvaez mula sa College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, ginawang ng Philippine Genome Center ng mga illustrations ang mga terminolohiyang may kinalaman sa COVID-19.
PGC thanks its skeletal force involved in the validation and field testing of the UP NIH and Manila HealthTek developed kits as well as in sequencing COVID-19 samples. The genome center extends its appreciation and support to all front liners and health workers in general.
Major steps in in using the local rRT-PCR Detection Kit, general requirements in terms of equipment and supplies, as well as a step-by-step guide about testing.
Upon completing and passing the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s (RITM) proficiency testing for SARS-CoV-2 detection by Real-Time PCR, the Clinical Genomics Laboratory (CGL) of the Philippine Genome Center is now certified to perform independent testing for COVID-19.
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PGC’s Core Facility for Bioinformatics releases to the global community through the GISAID database six (6) viral genome sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 from COVID-19 cases between March 22-28, 2020 in Metro Manila. All the cases had no travel history outside the Philippines. Two of the sequences reveal that the community-acquired infections cluster closely with samples collected from Japan and Australia from February 15 to March 14, 2020 while four cluster closely with a sample collected from Shanghai, China on February 4, 2020.