A novel coronavirus (CoV), named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-CoV-2 (SARS-CoV-2) or nCoV-2019, has emerged since December 2019 from Wuhan city of Hubei province in China . This virus belongs to the coronavirus family from which previous outbreaks have emerged (SARS and MERS). They have been a great threat to public health causing many deaths including SARS-CoV-2. There is no proper treatment available to cure this coronavirus disease (covid19). Scientists and researchers are trying really hard to develop a drug or a vaccine or a proper way to cure covid19.
In this essence, Bioinformatics Review has built up a team of worldwide researchers to work on covid19. We will be updating all findings we get during this project. The first study we conducted on SARS-CoV-2 is explained as follows.
Phylogenetics analysis of SARS-CoV-2
The phylogenetic tree is shown below. This tree was created using the IQTREE tool  and the best model was found using ModelFinder .
Fig. 1 Phylogenetic tree of SARS-CoV-2 spike sequences with SARS-CoV spike sequences as an outgroup. The red color denotes SARS-CoV-2 spike sequences and green color denotes SARS-CoV spike sequences. The best model was VT+F4 as selected by the ModelFinder and the tree was constructed with 1000 replications.
The branch lengths of spike sequences suggest the divergence of SARS-CoV from SARS-CoV-2. The multiple sequence alignment (MSA) (Fig. 2) of these sequences shows several conserved regions across the entire alignment (File 1).
Further, experiments are being performed for a complete phylogeny and evolutionary study of these sequences. For all updates regarding Covid19 work being done by our research group, visit this page.
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