The CDC announced it has sequenced the genome of the coronavirus believed to be responsible for SARS. This accomplishment is near record time for genome sequencing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sequenced the genome for the coronavirus believed to be responsible for the global epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS. The sequence data confirm that the SARS coronavirus is a previously unrecognized coronavirus. The availability of the sequence data will have an immediate impact on efforts to develop new and rapid diagnostic tests, antiviral agents and vaccines. This sequence information will also facilitate studies to explore the pathogenesis of this new coronavirus.