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Czech scientists take the battle to the coronavirus


Research institutes in the Czech Republic – including Charles University – are not lagging behind in the global fight against coronavirus.

Just as the research into active substances to fight the viral infection and its introduction into the medical practice is in full swing, scientific teams are busy with detecting the infection. Testing for ‘Covid-19’ is being introduced by a team led by Ruth Tachezy, the head of the laboratory at the Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, head of the National Reference Laboratory for Papillomaviruses and Polyomaviruses, and head of the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at the Faculty of Science at Charles University.

Researchers and facilities of well-equipped biological laboratories were offered for joint testing for COVID-19 by the Academy of Sciences (ASCR), Charles University and Masaryk University. The offer of professional staff and scientific background was presented to the Prime Minister, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Govt.

Charles University’s Vice-Rector for Research Jan Konvalinka of the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University, also a researcher at the Institute of the Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences, became the main coordinator.

In the short term, the main goal is to help hospitals with testing using commercial kits. The long-term goal is to develop methods that would allow testing using domestic reagents, recombinant proteins and chemicals,” Konvalinka says.

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