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Paragon Genomics NGS Panel Captures New SARS-CoV-2 Mutations

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Paragon Genomics, Inc., a leader in amplicon-based target enrichment solutions for next-generation sequencing (NGS) and precision medicine, today announced a solution for capturing the new mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 variants that have been sweeping across the United Kingdom and South Africa, and already finding its way in various countries worldwide.

The new UK (20B/501Y.V1, VOC 202012/01, or B.1.1.7 lineage) and South African (20C/501Y.V2, or B.1.351 lineage) SARS-CoV-2 variants contain mutations in the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein, leading to concern and alarm worldwide. Several EU countries have issued travel bans within the UK in an effort to stop the new variant from spreading further. Officials in both the UK and South Africa have said that these mutations are driving the countries’ resurgence of the disease, with higher numbers of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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