Help low-income countries track SARS-CoV2 variants

We are, an international volunteer effort to enable low-income countries to also identify and track SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through genomic sequencing.

We have demonstrated a solution for labs in low-income countries.

With help from the global science community, we enabled Philippine Genome Center Mindanao to sequence SARS-CoV-2, the first onsite sequencing in the region of Mindanao.

We need your support to bring this to other labs.

Our project team is composed of volunteers from around the world, from students to professional scientists

Why is tracking variants of SARS-CoV-2 important?

Genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 is like a paternity test for the virus. It allows scientists to see which infections are related to each other. This information:

- Allows local governments to be more precise in quarantine measures and border control, reducing economic impact.

- Helps doctors to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

- Guides public health officials in vaccine administration.

Why help low-income countries?

COVID-19 affects countries rich and poor. However, typically only rich countries have access to the equipment, chemicals, and know-how to perform enough genomic sequencing to sufficiently track SARS-CoV-2 variants.

As of March 2020, more than half of the SARS-CoV-2 genomes uploaded in the viral genome database GISAID came from the UK and the US.

How will my donation be used?

We will buy as many of the following as we can for labs in the developing world. We are starting with 8 labs in Mindanao, Philippines, and we are currently talking with labs in Africa to be our next recipients.

- Oxford Nanopore MinION starter kit - USD 1,000

- Oxford Nanopore 96 set Native Barcodes - USD 1,200

- NEBNext ARTIC protocol kit - USD 768

In addition, each package costs around USD300 to bring to the recipient labs. If you wish to buy these materials directly for the labs, please contact the team via the Accessible Genomic website. 

Here's a breakdown of the cost. Sequencing cost per sample (consumables only) is at USD39.

Ineke Knot is our teammate who will receive your donation via GoFundMe. She is a PhD candidate from the University of Amsterdam currently residing in France. As soon as we reach the crowdfunding goal, she will order the materials and have them delivered to the recipient labs. If we raise more than the target amount, she will buy additional materials as soon as we could afford them.

Fundraising team: Team Accessible Genomics (12)

Ineke Knot
Raised €120 from 3 donations
Kahlil Corazo
Team member
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Nicole Wheeler
Team member
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Amanda Warr
Team member
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Adewole Adekola
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