University of Pécs researchers in Hungary have, according to a Hungarian publication, cracked the entire genetic code of the coronavirus, which should support ongoing domestic and international research.
As part of the project conducted with the cooperation of the virology research team led by Ferenc Jakab, and the bioinformatics research team led by Attila Gyenesei of the university’s Szentágothai János Research Center, they processed a sample of a Hungarian patient’s pharyngeal fluid on the basis of the relevant international protocol, and then identified the genetic code of the virus. The entire work process was carried out by Péter Urbán, Gábor Endre Tóth and Róbert Herczeg under the supervision of Gábor Kemenesi.
Ferenc Jakab is the head of the task force announced by the Prime Minister earlier whose mission is to better acquaint itself with the virus, to explore its infection and spread mechanism, to identify possible preventive steps, and to develop – at a later stage – effective drugs and therapies. Quoting him, the communication says the successful identification of the genetic code clearly indicates that interdisciplinary cooperation can yield the expected results also in Hungary.
About University of Pécs Szentágothai János Research Center
University of Pécs Szentágothai János Research Center is a new research institute established to cover all aspects of education, research and innovation in the fields of biomedical, natural and environmental sciences. The infrastructure, instrumentation and expertise of the 20 research groups operating in the building offer an excellence basis for nurturing breaking research in Hungary as well as in Central-Europe.
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- Ferenc Jakab
- Attila Gyenesei
- Gabor Kemenesi
- Péter Urbán
- Gábor Endre Tóth
- Róbert Herczeg
- Gábor Kemenesi (supervisor)
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