3.13.20 Researchers in Canada have been able to isolate and grow copies of the COVID-19 virus in just six weeks time. The researchers from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University have isolated and replicated COVID-19 in a lab using samples taken from patients. These lab-grown copies will help scientists study the pathogen and develop better diagnostic testing. This breakthrough is also a major step towards possible vaccines and other treatments. Their work can be shared with other scientists to help gain a better understanding of the pathogen’s characteristics. The Group Said in a Statement-
“Researchers from these world-class institutions came together in a grassroots way to successfully isolate the virus in just a few short weeks,” said Dr. Rob Kozak, clinical microbiologist at Sunnybrook. “It demonstrates the amazing things that can happen when we collaborate.”
Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, NSERC post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University, said he knows the collaboration won’t stop there.
“Now that we have isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can share this with other researchers and continue this teamwork,” he said. “The more viruses that are made available in this way, the more we can learn, collaborate and share.”
This is an incredible breakthrough. Thank you to the researchers from these three Canadian institutions: Dr. Samira Mubareka and Dr. Rob Kozak of Sunnybrook and University of Toronto; Dr. Arinjay Banerjee and Dr. Karen Mossman of McMaster University.