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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. The COVID-19 disease is air-borne, and usually causes fever/chills, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue/tiredness, loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle ache/body ache and pains, sneezing/runny or congested nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhoea. It is also fatal for some, while many also remain asymptomatic.

CSIR-CCMB and its two campuses, Medical Biotechnology Complex and Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) have been actively involved in fighting COVID-19 by studying the coronavirus as well as developing and enabling India-centric technologies.


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Europeans and South Asians have different genetic correlations with COVID-19 outcomes

June 11th, 2021

In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is still unclear why some people experience more severe symptoms and adverse outcomes than others. An earlier research done on European population suggested variations in a specific DNA segment strongly associated with severe COVID-19 ...

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Consortium of four Indian cities funded for enhanced coronavirus genome surveillance

June 10th, 2021

A consortium of four city clusters – Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune – has been established to upscale SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus genomic surveillance, complementing national efforts led by INSACOG. The consortium is established with generous support and seed funding...

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Delta variant of coronavirus predominates in Varanasi

June 4th, 2021

Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad have collaboratively sequenced genomes of coronavirus variants in Varanasi and adjoining areas. Their study reports at least seven major strains of coronaviru...

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Identification of Coronavirus in 8 Asiatic lions in Nehru Zoological Park; lions under recovery

May 4th, 2021

Hyderabad: On 24th April, 2021, the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) at Hyderabad reported eight Asiatic lions in the zoo with mild respiratory distress. Based on the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority, their nasal and oral discharge samples were collected and sent to the...

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CCMB offers training of ICMR-approved testing centres to adopt a faster COVID-19 testing method

May 3rd, 2021

Hyderabad, 3rd May, 2021: The dry swab based direct RT-PCR method of COVID-19 testing, developed by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and approved by ICMR can now be adopted in testing labs of the country. This method is easier to carry out ...

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The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology has been leading the research efforts in the war against the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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Scientific articles published by our scientists on SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19

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Infographics and educational content on the Covid-19 disease and its spread, useful for educating the general public.

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